Healthcare–Associated Infections

by SKHC Editor on June 2, 2010

Healthcare–Associated (sometimes also referred to as hospital-acquired) Infection (HAI) is when someone develops an infection at a hospital or other patient care facility that they did not have prior to treatment.

Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) affect thousands of patients every year often leading to lengthened hospital stays, an increased likelihood of readmission and not to mention the added cost of care.

Healthcare professionals must continually update their infection management knowledge to reduce the risks of HAIs. In an ongoing effort to provide quality care and infection prevention doctors and hospitals nationwide are partnering with Kimberly Clark to deliver continuing education (CE) programs about HAI prevention.

The HAI Education Program is part of a national infection awareness campaign for healthcare professionals called “Not on My Watch” which provides facilities a toolkit that contains flyers, patient safety tips and posters. The “Not on My Watch” campaign provides CE programs based on the best practices and guidelines.

For more information on the “Not on My Watch” campaign please visit HAIwatch.com.

Sources: haiwatch.com, haiwatchnews.com

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