Helping to Protect Against Healthcare-Associated Infections
Healthcare-associated infections are those infections that are acquired in hospitals and other healthcare settings. The accompanying infographic describes four of the most common HAIs, how they happen, and the amounts of patients affected each year. Generally, these infections are caused by germs entering the body at a point where surgery recently took place. The germs are often transmitted through the patient’s own skin, by healthcare workers or visitors, and sometimesby the facility’s own water or ventilation systems.
If the situation arises where a patient contracts an infection, they will require additional treatment, as well as a lengthier stay. HAIs are often preventable and treatable, but some patients have died as a result. There are multiple steps that can be taken by healthcare facilities to prevent the transmission of germs, and patients can reduce their own susceptibility by taking certain actions.
Check out the infographic to learn more about the topic, and what can be done to help prevent healthcare-associated infections.