healthcare-associated infection

healthcare-associated infection

Any infection by any pathogen acquired as a consequence of a healthcare intervention or which is acquired by a healthcare worker in the course of his or her duties.

The Health Protection Agency (UK) assists infection control and control of antimicrobial resistance in healthcare settings by monitoring infections with mandatory and voluntary surveillance schemes for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Clostridium difficile infection (C diff/CDI), glycopeptide-resistant enterococci (GRE), bacteraemia, and surgical site infections (of which some orthopaedic categories are mandatory) via the surgical site infection surveillance scheme (SSISS). Other healthcare-associated infections, including antimicrobial (antibiotic) resistant micro-organisms, are also monitored via a voluntary microbiology laboratory reporting system.
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Christine Braithwaite, head of the inspection programme on healthcare-associated infection at Healthcare Commission, said: "Our visit was unannounced so we could see the hospital as a patient or visitor would.
Building on proposals to pay hospitals by results, Mr Cameron said that they should not receive their full tariff for any patient who contracts a healthcare-associated infection.
Mr Cameron was expected to say that hospitals should not receive a full tariff for patients who contract a healthcare-associated infection.
The annual National and State Healthcare-associated Infection Progress Report expands upon and provides an update to previous reports detailing progress toward the goal of eliminating HAIs.
One in 20 hospitalized patients will get a healthcare-associated infection as a result of the care they receive in the hospital, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Glenn Houston, Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority chief said: "Good infection control and hygiene practices are key to reducing the risk of healthcare-associated infection, and building public confidence in our health and social care services.
Continued careful compliance with the hygiene code helps to minimise the risks of healthcare-associated infection.
Building on proposals to pay hospitals by results, Mr Cameron will say that they should not receive their full tariff for any patient who contracts a healthcare-associated infection.
This rate is higher than recent figures from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre, which estimated the healthcare-associated infection rate in hospitals at around five per cent.
The report concluded priority should be given to improvements in surveillance and control of healthcare-associated infection and mortality in a bid to prevent MRSA-related deaths.
She said: "The fear of healthcare-associated infection is a cause of major anxiety for the public.
Wales has some of the lowest healthcare-associated infection rates in the UK, but reports by the Wales Audit Office and Healthcare Inspectorate Wales last week said hospital staff are still not taking personal responsibility for infection control and prevention.

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