Hospital-acquired patient infections and related healthcare expenses nationwide.

, Senior Program Supervisor, Surgical Division at Healthpoint, Ltd., a Texas-based specialty pharmaceutical company, has published clinical results on preoperative preparation methods and costs, A Systems Approach to Preoperative Surgical Patient Pores and skin Preparation,in the April 2004 problem of the American Journal of Infection Control , published by the Association for Specialists in Infections Epidemiology and Control. Deborah Paul-Cheadle, RN, CIC is second writer. Related StoriesHealthcare technology public event of the year opens entriesBoston Kids's and Rock Health synergy to accelerate development of pediatric health technologiesChildren's Memorial Hermann Hospital presents Halloween safety tipsThe paper handles preventative measures that address the mounting Surgical Site Infections, or SSI, that take into account approximately 500, 000 hospital-acquired infections in the United States each year, according to the federal government Centers for Disease Control and Prevention .‘We’ve been at war since 2001,’ he said. ‘It’s period we start focusing on the partner and the family to see what effects these wars have performed.’ The study focused on 397 women at Fort Bragg who were having their first baby. Of those women, 183 experienced spouses deployed to a combat zone, while the rest acquired spouses serving at the military base. About 21 % of women with deployed spouses had a preterm birth, meaning they delivered before 37 weeks of gestation. Just 7 % of females with spouses serving in the home had preterm births, the results showed. Wives of deployed soldiers also suffered higher prices of postpartum depression, with 16 % struggling with their mood compared to 6 % of wives with stateside spouses, according to the report.