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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 every year. The number of deaths occurring as a direct consequence of these infections is estimated to be at least 37 000.

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). Multi-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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Directory of online resources for prevention and control of antimicrobial resistance and healthcare-associated infections now includes CRE, MRSA and CDI
ECDC gathered guidance documents on prevention and control of infection with carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), meticilin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium difficile infections (CDI) that are available online and are published by EU/EEA Member States, ECDC, other agencies and professional societies. This online directory gives an overview of available documents with measures to prevent and control antimicrobial resistance and healthcare-associated infections.

Directory of online resources for prevention and control of antimicrobial resistance and healthcare-associated infections

 

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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.

2008 special chapter
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