Trends in Infection Prevention and Control
HAIs are a major public health concern in the United States, with the CDC estimating that 1.7 million people develop HAIs each year. Patients who experience HAIs have longer hospital stays, utilize more healthcare resources and are at greater risk for readmission and death. Additionally, HAIs contribute to increased healthcare costs, with an estimated annual economic impact of more than $17 billion in the U.S. Consistent implementation of proven measures to reduce and eliminate healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs), and building these measures into work flows are among some of the biggest challenges to healthcare institutions today, says a group of experts who convened for a special panel hosted by Infection Control Today magazine to pinpoint the opportunities and challenges related to infection prevention and control.