Hospital Acquired Infections: A guide for preventing HAIs


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Hospital staff can reduce costs, save lives, and prevent Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) with the right combination of infection control supplies and procedures. Learn more with this presentation.

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Hospital Acquired Infections: A guide for preventing HAIs

  1. 1. Hospital Acquired Infections A guide for preventing HAIsMarketLab © | 1-866-237-3722 |
  2. 2. What is a Hospital Acquired Infection? A Hospital Acquired Infection (aka nosocomial infection) refers to any disease-causing infection that favors and thrives in a hospital environment.  Bacteria, viruses, and fungus all have potential to become HAIs. HAIs are particularly dangerous because patients in hospitals typically have compromised immune systems from either illness or medical treatments.  Also, many types of hospital equipment bypass the body’s natural defenses to administer treatment. If an instrument such as an intubation tube, catheter, or needle is contaminated, the patient has a very high chance of being infected.
  3. 3. The Cost of HAIs The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that there are 2 million cases of HAI per year. Treatment costs for HAI in the US can reach $4.5 - 11 billion annually. Of these 2 million HAI cases, the CDC estimates 20,000 patients die from HAI complications.
  4. 4. Preventing HAIs HAIs arise when there is a lapse in infection control protocol in the hospital. Hospital staff can reduce costs, save lives, and prevent HAIs with the right combination of infection control supplies and procedures, including:  Hand Hygiene  Gloves  Masks  Safe Injection and Needle Practices  Surface Disinfection
  5. 5. Hand Hygiene Hand hygiene is one of the easiest and most effective ways to prevent HAI.  Contact transmission is the number one way HAIs spread. Optimum hand hygiene comes from properly disinfecting your hands at the appropriate times to disrupt the spread of HAI.
  6. 6. Hand Washing The CDC advises hospital staff to always disinfect hands:  before patient contact  after contact with blood, body fluids, or contaminated surfaces (even if gloves are worn)  before invasive procedures  after removing gloves (gloves are not 100% preventative). To disinfect your hands, always use soap and water or hand sanitizer. Hands-free sanitizer dispensers are a quick way to disinfect and reduce the spread of infection.
  7. 7. Gloves Medical gloves have a three-fold advantage against HAIs when properly used:  Gloves provide a protective barrier to prevent contamination when touching infectious substances and surfaces.  Gloves minimize the chance that microorganisms on the hands will be transmitted to patients during patient-care procedures.  After gloves have been in contact with a potentially infectious material or surface, they can be thrown away to eliminate the spread of infection.
  8. 8. Face Masks & Shields The face can both receive and spread infections, making face protection critical in a hospital.  Germs can enter through the eyes, mouth, nose, and ears.  The mouth and nose can spread infections via airborne transmission.
  9. 9. Safe Needle Practices When mishandled, needles can be a serious infection risk.  To prevent this, needles and other sharps must be properly stored and disposed of. Always dispose of used sharps and needles in a needle-proof bio-hazard container immediately.
  10. 10. Surface Disinfection Even if you’ve minimized HAIs by using the previous tools and techniques, it’s still very important to practice surface disinfection. Patients, visitors, or lapses in disinfection procedures can quickly and easily cross-contaminate multiple surfaces throughout a hospital. Clostridium difficile (aka, C.diff) is a common, and dangerous HAI. MarketLab’s EPA-registered Fresh Mix Bleach Solution kills C.diff spores in four seconds – the one of the fastest times available!
  11. 11. Stay Informed Lastly, you should stay up to date on disinfection practices and procedures.  The CDC website has the most up-to-date protocols for HAI prevention. Stay informed to stay safe!
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