Today, the Daytona Beach News Journal reports on a local nosocomial outbreak of Acinetobacter infections. The article as well as the state health department report can be viewed here. Unfortunately, the hospital appears to have had problems with its infection prevention infrastructure that undoubtedly impacted its ability to control this difficult pathogen.
So what are the take home messages from these two outbreaks?
- The general public is highly interested in hospital infections and the mainstream media finds them to be quite juicy
- Transparency is paramount
- Infection Prevention Programs are enormously important patient safety programs that must be funded and staffed to maintain their effectiveness.
Photo: Acinetobacter. Janice Carr, CDC.