Each year, health care-associated infections (HAIs) are a documented source of increased mortality and morbidity, significant costs for care delivery, and have a negative impact on the patient experience. HAIs are typically preventable through the implementation of recommended evidence-based practices.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee has authored numerous guidelines and guidance statements that directly reduce the risk for transmission of HAIs such as multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) and other emergent pathogens such as Ebola virus disease.
These core recommendations can guide clinicians and other health care personnel in adherence to well-studied interventions that significantly can reduce the overall incidence of HAIs and occupational exposure to health care personnel.
Systems and patients
Today’s health care professionals are caring for far more acutely ill patients than ever before, and some of them may be infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria. These bacteria are resistant to the stockpile of antimicrobial agents that are available today.
These microorganisms can be found in all health care settings, both inpatient and outpatient care environments, and are particularly prevalent in health care settings where the patients are exposed routinely to antibiotics.