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Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are a threat to patient safety. They can affect patients in all healthcare settings and hereby contributing to morbidity and mortality and cost of care. Multiple factors contribute to the risk of HAI including ageing population, complexity of therapies and emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.[1-3] HAI can be caused by endogenous or exogenous infectious agents, with the hands known to be the most common transmission route.[4,5]
Hand hygiene is known to be able to prevent and control HAIs. Any healthcare worker, caregiver or person involved in direct or indirect patient care needs to be concerned about hand hygiene and should be able to perform it correctly at the right time.
HAIs are estimated to occur in acute care hospitals in Europe annually.
deaths is the annual mortality due to HAI in Europe.
is the annual economic burden on HAIs in acute care hospitals in Europe.
deaths is the annual mortality in Europe where HAI had contributed to death.
of HAIs can be avoided by disrupting infection transfer through touching hands with environmental cleaning programs.
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