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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Healthcare-Associated Infections, Consumer info

Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) are a global crisis affecting both patients and healthcare workers. HAI’s are infections developed in a hospital that patients’ did not have prior to treatment.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), at any point in time, 1.4 million people worldwide suffer from infections acquired in hospitals. A Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report published in March-April 2007 estimated the number of U.S. deaths from healthcare associated infections in 2002 at 98,987. Financially, HAIs represent an estimated annual impact of $6.7 billion to healthcare facilities, but the human cost is even higher.
About Not on My Watch Prevention Campaign
To protect patients by reducing the risk of HAI, health care professionals must continually update their knowledge of infection management.
As part of an ongoing commitment to quality care and infection prevention, nationwide doctors and hospitals are partnering with Kimberly-Clark to deliver continuing education programs on Health care-Associated Infection (HAI) prevention to busy staff and management within their hospitals.
The HAI Education Program is part of a national infection awareness campaign for health care professionals called “Not on My Watch” and will provide the facility with a toolkit that contains informational flyers, patient safety tips and posters.
For details about the "Not On My Watch" campaign, and the HAI Education Bus please visit www.HAIwatch.com.
Join the community of health care professionals concerned with preventing Health care-Associated Infections (HAIs), which at any given moment seriously affect 1.4 million hospitalized patients worldwide.
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