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This paper discusses Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI) infections, which are a common occurrence in hospitalized/institutionalized patients and are often resistant to treatment. First, the paper gives an overview of HAI's. Then, it describes the importance of hospital policy in avoiding them. In particular, it notes the necessity of developing a reporting system for these infections. Next, the paper details how such a reporting system should be formulated, and suggests legislation be a part the initiative. Finally, the paper considers the role of the Center for Disease Control is developing this policy. The paper concludes by stating the importance of a national reporting procedure for hospital acquired infections.
From the Paper:"Implementation should not necessarily be challenging to institutions as many already have observational data on the issue and work within an internal policy that attempts to reduce and or eliminate the continuation of the more serious nosocomial infections. The standards of care are there in most institutions and many would likely agree with the idea of having one more tool in the arsenal to track and adequately respond to nosocomial outbreaks. If an institution does not have such a system that at the very least provides a standards and protocol for recognizing, and reacting to such infections they are likely very small or provide a relatively low level of care, with regard to the medical frailty of the patient population. In other words they do not care for patients with central line treatment or those on respirators, yet even these facilities often care for patients with surgical wounds that should be monitored for the reduction of incidence of nosocomial outbreak and they should take all necessary precautions to reduce the likelihood of strains of flu and other viruses from their patient population. This subsection should also be a big part of developing legislation but has broader implication..."
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