The Clean Your Hands for Health website, sponsored by DebMed, is designed to arm patients and their friends and families with important information about the threat of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and steps you can take to reduce the risk for you and your loved ones.
"When it comes to healthcare-associated infections (HAIs"), I'm just about as knowledgeable as you can get. My career has been focused on ensuring patient safety and quality in hospitals as the Director of Quality and Process Improvement, yet I still contracted an HAI. One month following a total abdominal hysterectomy for Stage II uterine cancer I developed a large mass of dead tissue in my abdomen. I was readmitted to the hospital, received a round of antibiotics and then returned home with an open wound in my abdomen that became infected with MRSA. I had multiple readmissions, experienced bouts of sepsis, required months of intravenous antibiotics and survived. The costs associated with treating the cancer were $79,000. The costs charged to my insurance company from the point at which I contracted an HAI were $228,000. What should have been a six week recovery resulted in 8 months of missed work, 3 additional hospitalizations and 2 major surgeries to treat the damage done by this infection."