Indwelling medical devices cause the majority of hospital-acquired infections

Liz Meszaros, MDLinx

Superbugs and Superdrugs USA

Iselin, New Jersey, United States | November 13-14, 2017

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Iselin, NJ, November 14, 2017--About 70% of all hospital-acquired infections are due to the use of indwelling medical devices, and roughly 5% to 10% of hospitalized patients will develop these infections. The elderly, those who are immunocompromised, or have diabetes, or are currently taking other medications are particularly susceptible, according to Carl Genberg, BSc, JD, CEO, N8 Medical LLC, Las Vegas, NV, here at the Superbugs & Superdrugs USA 2017 conference.    

Proper sanitization and cleaning of surfaces and medical equipment are of paramount importance to infection control, because abiotic surfaces are particularly favored by bacteria, he noted.

Genberg also addressed the importance of resolving the shortage of ventilators in the United States, as well as proper sanitization of endotracheal tubes.

 

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