A new study from the University of Michigan and RAND Corporation suggests that the fuller an inpatient ward is the lesser a patient’s risk of infection, writes Fierce Healthcare. In a study of more than 550,000 patient discharges from 327 California hospitals, researchers found that patients were most likely to contract Clostridium difficile—a stubborn and potentially deadly hospital-borne infection—when inpatient wards were in the “middle range” of capacity, or between 25% and 75% full.
- Fierce Healthcare: https://www.fiercehealthcare.com/hospitals-health-systems/study-explores-link-between-hospital-occupancy-infection-rates
- The Association of Inpatient Occupancy with Hospital-Acquired Clostridium difficile Infection. Journal of Hospital Medicine. June 27 2018