Preventing Healthcare Associated Infections

Preventing healthcare associated infections (HAIs) has never been more important. Every infection prevented, is an antibiotic treatment avoided.1 According to the World Health Organization (WHO), effective infection prevention and control can reduce HAIs by at least 30%.2

Every day, HAIs result in prolonged hospital stays, long-term disability, increased antimicrobial resistance, additional costs for healthcare systems, unnecessary suffering for patients and their families, and deaths.3,4

Preventing Healthcare Associated Infections

According to the World Health Organization robust evidence exists that HAI can be prevented, and the burden reduced by as much as 50 % or more. HAI must be treated as a priority patient safety issue within comprehensive approaches to be tackled effectively. These include quality improvement and reporting and learning mechanisms, visible commitment by decision makers and healthcare administrators, increased individual accountability among healthcare workers and, possibly, patient involvement.5 But also, medical devices such as Bactiguard's infection preventive products, are part of the solution to reduce the number of infections.

Sepsis - when an infection becomes life threatening

Late diagnosis and antibiotic resistance is making it increasingly difficult to treat bacterial infections and to prevent them from developing into sepsis. Sepsis, commonly referred to as ‘blood poisoning’, is the life-threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to infection results in organ dysfunction or failure.6

An estimated 50% of all cases of sepsis can be attributed to healthcare associated infections.7 Consequently, preventing HAIs is imperative in reducing the occurrence of sepsis.

 

References:
1. World Health Organization (WHO) (2016). The critical role of infection prevention and control. Hämtad 2017-11-13 från http://www.who.int/infection-prevention/publications/ipc-role
2. Ven (WHO) (2016). The critical role of infection prevention and control. WHO/HIS/SDS/2016.10
3. SKL. 2017; Rapport Vårdrelaterade infektioner. 978-91- 7585-475-5
4. Sepsisfonden 2018-03-16; Länk: http://sepsisfonden.se/fakta-om-sepsis/
5. World Health Organization 2011, ISBN 978 92 4 150150 7 Report in the burden on Endemic Health Care-Associated infection Worldwide
6. Sepsisfonden 2018-03-16;   Länk: http://sepsisfonden.se/fakta-om-sepsis/
7. Eber MR et al. Arch Intern Med. 2010 Feb 22;170(4):347- 53.PMID:20177037.References