According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on any given day, about one in 25 hospital patients has at least one healthcare-associated infection (HAI). Clearly, HAIs are a huge problem and although significant progress has made in preventing some infection types, there is much more work to be done.

Staphylococcus aureus /CDC
Staphylococcus aureus /CDC

I was joined by Chair & Professor of Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) and the Associate Dean for Research, College of Health Professions at Texas State University, Rodney Rohde, PhD on the Outbreak News This Week Radio Show for the full hour to discuss a myriad of topics concerning HAIs.

Topics covered include an insight into how big the problem is in the US, the types of infections and what procedures carry the most risk.

In addition, Dr. Rohde addressed specifically some of the most common and well known microbes that are implicated in HAIs–MRSA, Clostridium difficile (C. diff or CDI) and the issues with the emergence of multi-drug resistant gram negative bacilli infections like Klebsiella pneumoniae.

Other topics discussed include antibiotic stewardship and things the patient can do or ask about to keep informed and protected.

LISTEN to the complete interview below:

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