Healthcare Associated Infection

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Healthcare Associated Infection

Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) formerly known as Nosocomial Infection has progressively become a disaster in the world of medicine. This problem needs particular attention in view of its impact in terms of extended hospital stay, increased cost burden, increased mortality and above all the quality of life patients suffer afterwards.

HAI is also considered to be a threat to healthcare workers related to exposure at there workplace.

Emergence of multi resistant acinetobacter, escalating spread of methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus and other antibiotic resistant organisms has brought this issue to further attention. Not only are these organisms resistant to antibiotics and therefore difficult and more expensive to treat but, they may also be associated with characteristics allowing them to spread easily between patients.

It is important to realize that most HAIs are preventable. There are some key measures that can be used to minimize the risk of causing an HAI. These are focused on preventing the transmission of micro-organisms between patients and preventing their introduction during invasive procedures or other treatments. Transfer of micro-organism on the hands of healthcare workers is an important factor, as many micro-organisms are readily transferred by touch. Also an effective surveillance system that monitor the occurrence of HAI can help identify risks of infection and assist healthcare workers to target preventive measures.

The aim of this resource is to:

1. Provide material relevant to infection control which can help people learn and develop policies.

2. Discuss queries and events related to HAI.

3. Share summary information and to signpost access points for further information and resources as useful links.