Hospitals: What’s in your hospital’s package?
Posted October 10, 2018 07:30:00The latest health data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that about a quarter of hospitals across the country have high rates of infections.
And while there are no easy answers, some hospitals can be a bit of a puzzle.
The latest data show that of the 2,800 hospitals in the United States, only about one-quarter of them have infection rates that are at or above the CDC’s recommended range of 15%.
The remaining hospitals have rates well below the average, which is about 30%.
“The number of hospital-acquired infections in the U.S. has increased steadily over the past 10 years, but the trend is the same across the U., and it’s been the same in the last five years,” said Sarah H. Moseley, a co-director of the National Center for Health Statistics at the CDC.
Hospitals in the Midwest have been particularly hard hit.
While infections in those regions have declined by almost 50% since 2016, the trend has been reversed in the South and Midwest, which has seen a dramatic jump in infections.
The data also show that some hospitals in places like the South, where the South has historically had higher infection rates, are struggling to deal with the increased load of people and new infections that are occurring in the region.
“If we were looking at the entire region, we would see some of the hospitals are not seeing that impact,” Mosely said.
In the Midwest, one hospital, the North Shore Hospital, is struggling with the growing number of people, many of whom come from the Midwest.
In addition, it has seen an influx of new patients and infections.
According to Moseleys findings, some of those new infections have been concentrated in the community hospital.
“What we are seeing now is a much larger number of cases coming in, in many cases, from a large number of individuals coming to the hospital for medical conditions that are not a health-care concern,” she said.
But the Midwest’s hospitals are struggling, too, because the numbers of new infections are not keeping pace with the increase in patients and the growing load of health care workers.
For instance, the CDC reported that hospitals in Mississippi have seen an increase in infections of at least 5%, but that number is about half the national average.
Mississippi also has the highest hospital-to-population ratio of any state in the country.
“The numbers have been pretty bad,” said Dr. Scott W. White, director of the Infectious Disease Center at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta.
He said that the South is seeing the largest increase in the numbers.
The South also has had the largest number of new cases of new coronavirus infections in recent years, White said.
While some of these infections are in hospitals that are in need of a big overhaul, it’s not clear how many of the infections are linked to the increased numbers of people coming in.
“We can’t tell if they are coming from the increased patients coming in from the hospitals, or if they have an association with the new infections, but we can’t be sure,” Mosedley said.
What are the main causes of infections?
Hospice is a great example of a hospital that is at the epicenter of this issue.
Hospice care is critical to many of us, but sometimes the care that a patient needs isn’t necessarily what is needed.
“If you don’t get the right type of hospice care, you can end up with serious health problems, especially if you’re not a hospice nurse,” Mosingley said, adding that hospice nurses often treat patients who are not responding to the care they are getting.
“They’re not getting the right kind of hospiceside care,” she added.
That’s one of the reasons that hospices have been so important to health care, but a growing number are not meeting the needs of patients.
“It’s not just that hospiced patients aren’t getting the care their loved ones are getting,” White said, noting that the number of hospiced deaths has increased dramatically in recent decades.
Hospitals in many places in the south, such as Mississippi and Alabama, have seen increases in deaths related to hospice.
Hospital officials in the midwest also have a tough time keeping pace.
The number of residents in nursing homes has been increasing, and there are also more people in the hospitals.
“It’s a challenge to be able to get the nursing home care right for people that are receiving the right care,” Meseley said.
“When you’re trying to get an increase of people into a nursing home, there are a lot of factors that can’t go unnoticed,” said Heather L. Johnson, executive director of Community Healthcare Services, a nonprofit that works to improve health care for the elderly and people with disabilities.
“We have a lot more patients than there are beds