By JO ELLEN MACKEY
IRACH Preventive Medicine
The Centers for Disease Control states that of hospitalized patients in the United States, an estimated 722,000 infections occur each year. That is one infection for every 25 patients.
That is one statistic that the leadership of Ireland Army Community Hospital works every day to change.
Hospital acquired infections are often life threatening and hard to treat so prevention is a primary concern. Hand hygiene is one of the most important ways to prevent the spread of infections.