According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), about 3 million people fall ill owing to drug-resistant germs every year in the United States. Out of that, about 35,000 people succumb to it. The new estimates show that on average, someone in the United States contract an antibiotic-resistant infection every 11 seconds, and at every 15 minutes, someone dies as a consequence.
More pathogens are developing new ways to withstand drugs designed to kill them and infections are spreading more widely outside hospitals. How to stop the spread? Practice good hand hygiene, safe food handling, vaccination and safe sex.
So next time when there is a patient that requires contact precaution while handling, you can contribute in mitigating the spread of infection by using PPE (Personal protective equipment) and good hand washing techniques.
– AppleRN Classes team