Hospital staff racks up errors in infection transmission study

Hospital staff racks up errors in infection transmission study

Originally published on BECKER'S

A study of 325 patient rooms found hospital staff frequently failed to take proper precautions to prevent the spread of infections.

The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, involved direct observation inside and outside patient rooms in clinical units from March to November 2016.

The observations took place in the medical and/or surgical units and intensive care units at an academic medical center and a Veterans Affairs hospital, as well as the emergency department of the university hospital.

Trained observers made field notes while hospital staff cared for patients in precautions for a pathogen transmitted through contact, such as Clostridium difficile and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

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