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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Hundreds of millions of patients around the world contract healthcare-associated infections each year, including in developed countries, where approximately 30 per cent of patients admitted to an intensive care unit are affected by at least one healthcare-associated infection.
Twenty years ago it was a "foregone conclusion" that some patients would contract a healthcare-associated Infection (HAI), said Linda Dickey, senior director of quality, safety, and infection prevention at the University of California Irvine Medical Center.
1 in 25 hospital patients acquire at least one Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) every day.
As part of the new system, NHS staff will be alerted immediately in the event of a case of a healthcare-associated infection.
Of every 100 hospitalised patients, at least 7 in high-income and 10 in low-/middle-income countries will acquire a healthcare-associated infection.
Healthcare Commission assessors had nothing put praise for the Trust after visits on September 30 and October 1 to check if hospital workers were meeting requirements to prevent and manage healthcare-associated infection.
This event is also about reassuring members of the public that we, as a hospital, are doing everything we can to reduce the spread of healthcare-associated infection.
Other areas covered include infection prevention and control in relation to universal precautions, types of healthcare-associated infection, and the problem of antimicrobial resistance.
32 percent of all healthcare-associated infection are urinary tract infections
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.
Mr Cameron was expected to say that hospitals should not receive a full tariff for patients who contract a healthcare-associated infection.
Continued careful compliance with the hygiene code helps to minimise the risks of healthcare-associated infection.

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