An executive summary from the US Dept of Health and Human services has outlined it’s action plan on preventing hospital-acquired infections. According to their statistics, there were over 1.7 million of these in 2002, accounting for almost 100,000 deaths, the top 4 including catheter-associated UTI, surgical site infections, central-line associated bloodstream infections, and ventilator-acquired pneumonia. Hospitalists can have a HUGE impact in designing and implementing strategies to prevent these infections (HHS link)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.