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Globally: Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) and the Urgent Need for Prevention
Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) pose a significant threat to healthcare systems worldwide. A recent global report on infection prevention and control by the World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed alarming findings. HAIs are a major concern within healthcare settings as they can lead to prolonged hospital stays, increased healthcare costs, and, in some cases, even mortality.(1)
One group particularly vulnerable to HAIs is patients with pressure injuries. These individuals have compromised skin, providing an entry point for microorganisms to invade their bodies. Open wounds make them more susceptible to infections that can be transmitted through direct contact, contaminated surfaces, or medical devices.
According to the WHO report, HAIs affect millions of people globally, and the consequences can be devastating. Shockingly, 24% of patients affected by healthcare-associated sepsis and 52.3% of those treated in intensive care units succumb to these infections each year. HAIs can be caused by a wide range of pathogens and can spread through various routes, including contact with contaminated surfaces and medical devices.(1)
Efforts to prevent pressure injuries can have a positive impact on reducing HAIs by mitigating the risk of compromised skin integrity and decreasing the need for invasive medical procedures that can increase the likelihood of infection. Prioritizing prevention measures can reduce both the incidence of pressure injuries and, consequently, the risk of HAIs.(2)
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