Are Hospitals Safe Enough?

Touch wood I have only been in hospital 3 times. For the births of all 3 children. My experience each time was reasonably good. I worried most about the safety of my newborn. My health second. We left the hospital safe and healthy, but some are not so fortunate.

Certainly, hospitals are a hot bed for infections. Handwashing. Strict hygiene procedures. Infection control. All of these we take for granted, but you can’t protect against everything.

I received an e-mail a few weeks about a Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) report on the quality of health care Americans receive. Apparently even with some improvements, hospitals still have work to do to put an end to the ongoing – but solvable – problem of Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs).

Have you heard of HAI? I know I was unaware of them.

To raise awareness for Healthcare-Associated Infections, Kimberly-Clark Health Care launched “Not on My Watch” (, a website that provides tools and information to help facilities eliminate HAIs. Caregivers and other healthcare professionals know steps need to be taken to protect patients from HAIs, but it will take strong leadership to make the changes necessary to reduce the likelihood of these life-threatening infections.

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