Administrative arrangement

Nizam Damani

in Manual of Infection Prevention and Control

Third edition

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199698356
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191732126 | DOI:
Administrative arrangement

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It has been estimated that in developed countries as much as 10% of hospitalized patients develop infections every year. The risk of health care-associated infections (HCAIs) in developing countries is much higher than in developed countries. In the UK, approximately 100,000 patients develop HCAIs which are responsible for over 10,000 deaths per annum and cost the UK National Health Service in excess of one billion pounds per year. Similarly, in the USA it has been estimated that approximately two million patients suffer HCAIs and nearly 90,000 patients die each year. This chapter discusses the impact of HCAIs, the responsibilities of health care facilities, the policies and procedures manual, the reduction of HCAIs, the public reporting of health care-associated infection data, and the organization of an infection prevention and control programme.

Keywords: health care-associated infections; health care facilities; infection data; infection prevention

Chapter.  3546 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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