Healthcare-Associated Infections

I was sent an email a few days ago regarding Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs)

Kimberly-Clark Health Care launched “Not on My Watch” (www.haiwatch.com), a website that provides tools and information to help facilities eliminate HAIs.

Here are a few things I grabbed from the site:

When someone develops an infection at a hospital or other patient care facility that they did not have prior to treatment, this is referred to as a Healthcare-Associated (sometimes hospital-acquired) Infection (HAI).

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), at any point in time, 1.4 million people worldwide suffer from infections acquired in hospitals.

A Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report published in March-April 2007 estimated the number of U.S. deaths from healthcare associated infections in 2002 at 98,987.

Types of Healthcare-Associated Infections

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About:

Ventilator – Associated Pneumonia

Surgical Site Infections

Cross Contamination

 

After being in Hospitals a lot recently, this is definitely something to keep in mind.

Visit www.haiwatch.com, for more information

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