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HAI Threats & Solutions

Healthcare-Asociated Ifections (HAIs) are a global crisis affecting both patients and healthcare workers.

Financially, HAIs represent an estimated annual impact of $6.7 billion to healthcare facilities, but the human cost is even higher.

According to the World Health Organization, “At any given time, 1.4 million people worldwide are estimated to be suffering from an infection acquired in a health facility. The risk of acquiring healthcare-associated infections in developing countries is 2-20 times higher than in developed countries.1

There are around 200,000 Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) in Australian acute healthcare facilities each year. This makes HAIs the most common complication afffecting patients in hospital. As well as causing unnecessary pain and suffering for patients and their families, these adverse events prolong hospital stays and are costly to the health system.

 
Hand Hygiene
 
Hands are a main pathway for the contact transmission of pathogens in healthcare. Hand hygiene is one of the most important measures to help avoid transmission and prevent healthcare-associated infections. Gaining hand hygiene compliance in your facility and knowing more about proper hand washing and hand rubbing techniques are essential steps in infection protection.
 
Cross Contamination
 
Cross-contamination is the number one source of Healthcare Associated Infections.
 
MRSA
 
MRSA, Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus is a member of the extremely common staph family of infections. Staph infections are not new. Infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus were treated successfully with penicillin in the 1940’s. The growing concern in healthcare today is that this pathogen has become increasingly resistant to antibiotic treatment.
 
Surgical Site Infections
 
Any breach of patient skin can lead to a surgical site infection.
 
Foot Notes:
  1. World Alliance for Patient Safety, Global Patient Safety Challenge 2005–2006: Clean Care is Safer Care. Geneva: World Health Organization, 2005