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Healthcare-associated infections

Healthcare-associated_infectionsApproximately 4 100 000 patients are estimated to acquire a healthcare-associated infection in the EU each year. The number of deaths occurring as a direct consequence of these infections is estimated to be at least 37 000 and these infections are thought to contribute to an additional 110 000 deaths each year.

The most frequent infections are urinary tract infections, followed by respiratory tract infections, infections after surgery, bloodstream infections, and others (including diarrhoea due to Clostridium difficile). Meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is isolated in approximately 5% of all healthcare-associated infections.

Approximately 20–30% of healthcare-associated infections are considered to be preventable by intensive hygiene and control programmes.

 

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Supporting the WHO “SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands” campaign, 5 May 2015 
To support the WHO “SAVE LIVES: Clean your Hands” campaign, ECDC launches two directories with online resources: Guidance on hand hygiene in healthcare and Guidance on healthcare-associated and ventilator-associated pneumonia. HAI-Net - the ECDC network on HAI surveillance releases new tools for surveillance of HAIs in hospitals: a new version of the HelicsWin.Net software and ECDC’s first protocol for the surveillance of Clostridium difficile infections (CDI) in Europe.

7 things you do not want to share – keep your hands clean!: Share this animation, not diseases! #safehands

 

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 ANNUAL EPIDEMIOLOGICAL REPORT 2008: FOCUS ON HEALTHCARE-ASSOCIATED INFECTIONS

 
In 2008 the Annual epidemiological report included an in-depth focus on the issue of healthcare-associated infections.

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