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CLEAN HOSPITALS WOULD REDUCE INFECTION RATES

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A recent study done by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) reveals a direct link between hospital cleaning and the rate of hospital acquired infections (nosocomial infections) such as C.difficile, VRE (Vancomycin resistant Enterococcus), SARM and others.«without a clean environment, hands will quickly become recontaminated
As denounced by ADVIN in the last four years, health care associated infections are the fourth leading cause of death in Canada. One in every nine hospital patients contracts an HAI, and 8,500 to 12,000 Canadians die of HAIs every year.

This report brings out evidences through comparisons with many other countries where the fight against HAI has been undertaken with much more determination leading to significant results. The report conclusions confort ADVIN recommandation for a quality and safe health system:

«Mandatory public reporting of healthcare associated infection rates and deaths by healthcare facilities and by departments are necessary to improve transparency and accountability.  Standardized measures and data on outcomes would enable local, provincial and pan-Canadian audits as well as comparisons of hygiene in healthcare facilities. To build public confidence in our healthcare facilities, comprehensive information should be made public on a regular basis.

Pan-Canadian HAI monitoring and reporting is weak. The federal government’s current efforts to even track these infections are insufficient and reportedly crumbling due to lack of investment and leadership.126»

 

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