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Infection Prevention & Control

Setting standards in HAI prevention

Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are a threat to patient safety. They can affect patients in all healthcare settings, negatively impacting morbidity and mortality and the costs of care.[1-3] No one should catch an avoidable infection while receiving or giving health care.

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Elderly man in front of mirror in privat bath room performing hear and head decolonization.
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  2. World Health Organization. Report on the burden of endemic health care-associated infection worldwide. Geneva: WHO; 2011. Available at: [last accessed December 2022]
  3. Graves N, Weinhold D, Tong E, Birrell F, Doidge S, Ramritu P, Halton K, Lairson D, Whitby M. Effect of healthcare-acquired infection on length of hospital stay and cost. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2007 Mar;28(3):280-92. doi: 10.1086/512642. Epub 2007 Feb 20. PMID: 17326018.