Best way to fight HAIs is to improve hand hygiene. In the articles below you can read more about HAIs and how to prevent them.
Today, healthcare associated infections (HAIs) are still a significant problem for hospitals and healthcare institutions. Each year, millions of patients worldwide are affected by hospital acquired infections (HAIs) (also called nosocomial infections), that lead to many complications and are potentially life threatening. The consequences are grave, as these infections inflict physical pain, hinder recovery and can sometimes be fatal. HAIs also cause enormous costs for society, which is why there are many players attempting to fight them, the World Health Organization being just one.
According to WHO, the most effective way to combat HAIs is by practicing hand hygiene. As a healthcare professional, you undoubtedly already know the importance of hand hygiene. In fact, research has shown that nurses are the most compliant when it comes to hand hygiene. But ensuring hand hygiene compliance among all staff is not always easy. You may need support in carrying out good hygiene in practice. Plus, when it comes to visitors and patients, information to create awareness is often required.
Besides ensuring good hand hygiene in hospitals, it’s important to identify risk areas and learn about preventive actions to minimise the risk for spread of infections.