Infection Control - The Facts

A collaboration with student 18135927

Why infection control is important for patient safety

  • Infections that spread within the health-care settings affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide
  • The numbers of infections are being caused by microbes resistant to conventional treatments
  • Health care-associated infections also increase the costs to patients and hospitals
  • This trend has alarmed health-care providers, managers, institutions and governments to pay increased attention to preventing infections.

The Impact of Healthcare Associated Infections

  • Increased morbidity can affect more than 30% of patients admitted to ICU in developed countries
  • In acute care hospitals in Europe approx. 5 million HAIs are estimated to have occurred
  • In England more than 100000 cases of HAI lead to over 5000 deaths directly attributed to infection each year