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Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI)

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Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI)

Healthcare-associated infections (nosocomial infections) are a frequent complication in which patients become infected in the context of medical treatment. Invasive interventions and invasive medical devices play an important pathogenetic role. Device-associated urinary tract infections, respiratory pneumonia and postoperative wound infections are among the most common hospital infections. Due to the more intensive and invasive treatment in intensive care units, there is a particularly high risk of infection. Nosocomial infections are not only a burden on patients and staff, but also lead to economic losses due to the longer length of stay.

The rates of healthcare-associated infections can be reduced by strict adherence to basic hygiene, especially hygienic hand disinfection.

On the following pages you will find the most important measures to prevent nosocomial infections.

Knowledge Database

The A-to-Z database provides information on each pathogen, the most common infections that it triggers, its main transmission paths and recommendations on disinfection. In the glossary, you will find explanations of infection control terms. Search now!


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