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ECDC highlight HAIs as “major public health problem”

The European Centre for Diseases Prevention and Control has urged hospitals to step up the fight against HAIs, which affect over 3 million patients in Europe every year.

Source: ECDC

With over three million patients contracting an infection while in hospital in Europe every year, the ECDC has labelled HAIs as a “major public health problem” and called for hospitals to take up more prevention methods.

The comments from the Stockholm-based European Centre for Diseases Prevention and Control come following a point prevalence survey in healthcare associated infections in hospitals. The results showed that one in 18 patients in European hospitals has at least one healthcare-associated infection.

Marc Sprenger, ECDC Director, said: “The survey confirms that healthcare-associated infections pose a major public health problem and a threat to European patients: ECDC estimates that on any given day, about 80,000 patients, i.e. one in 18 patients, in European hospitals have at least one healthcare-associated infection.

“ Overall, this amounts to an estimated total of 3.2 million patients (95% confidence interval: from 1.9 to 5.2 million) each year.”
One if the causes behind the sustained threat of HAIs is the use of antibiotics to treat them. Patients begin to build up a resistance and they lose their effectiveness.

Mr Sprenger added: “Many of these infections could be prevented by sustained, multifaceted infection prevention and control programmes, including surveillance of healthcare-associated infections. Such programmes, as well as prudent use of antibiotics, will help all actors involved to protect the patients of European hospitals.”

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