Preventing hospital infections
July 16, 2010
MIAMI, FL — The University of Miami (UM) is reinforcing patient care as it gives new medical residents important training before they touch any real patients, according to KOAV-TV.
"One of the most undesirable outcomes one can have is to either get an infection during their hospitalization or afterwards," said Anexis Lopez, a nurse at the University of Miami Hospital.
July is the month medical school graduates report to teaching hospitals like this one at UM: Infection control experts want to make sure the extra hands don''t spread germs, the article stated.
Also, employees and high risk surgical patients are swabbed to make sure they don''t carry the dangerous methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria, Lopez explained, "And we go ahead and treat the patients if they were to be positive to prevent them from getting a surgical site infection related to MRSA."
Residents also have to go through the patient safety training center to practice on mannequins with simulated medical problems, the article noted.
"Fifteen seconds after I got to the patient and I didn''t wash my hands it''s going to alarm and it''s going to keep alarming every five seconds until I wash my hands. Big brother now knows who I am," said Dr. Birnbach, who leads the training.
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