Healthcare associated infections (HAI) perspectives - Abstract

Healthcare associated infections (HAI) are among the major complications of modern medical therapy.

The most important HAIs are those related to invasive devices: central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI), catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI), ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) as well as surgical site infections (SSI). HAIs are associated with significant mortality, morbidities and increasing healthcare cost. The cited case-fatality rate ranges from 2.3% to 14.4% depending on the type of infection. In this mini-review, we shed light on these aspects as well as drivers to decrease HAIs.

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Al-Tawfiq JA, Tambyah PA.   Are you the author?
Specialty Internal Medicine Unit Dhahran Health Center, Saudi Aramco Medical Services Organization, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, USA; Department of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore.

Reference: J Infect Public Health. 2014 May 23. pii: S1876-0341(14)00068-9.
doi: 10.1016/j.jiph.2014.04.003

PubMed Abstract
PMID: 24861643