Journal of IMAB - Annual Proceeding (Scientific Papers)
Publisher: Peytchinski, Gospodin Iliev
ISSN: 1312 773X (Online)
Issue: 2011, vol. 17, book 1
Subject Collection: Medicine
Online date: April, 2011
J of IMAB 2011; 17(1):120-122
PATIENT SAFETY AND HEALTHCARE-ASSOCIATED INFECTIONS
Mariela Yaneva – Deliverska
Institute for legal sciences, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Healthcare-associated infections are infections caused by a wide variety of common and unusual bacteria, fungi, and viruses during the course of receiving medical care. Medical advances have brought lifesaving care to patients in need, yet many of those advances come with a risk of healthcare-associated infection. These infections related to medical care can be devastating and even deadly. As the ability to prevent healthcare-associated infections grows, these infections are increasingly unacceptable.
Recent successes in healthcare-associated infections elimination have been very encouraging. Examples include sustained reduction in central line-associated bloodstream infections by 70%, simply by ensuring adherence to available guidelines. Reductions have been demonstrated for other helthcare-associated infections as well, but, much more remains to be done.
Wherever patient care is provided, adherence to infection prevention guidelines is needed to ensure that all care is safe care. This includes traditional hospital settings as well as outpatient surgery centers, long-term care facilities, rehabilitation centers, and community clinics.
Key words: Healthcare-associated infections, Patient safety, World Alliance for Patient Safety, healthcare errors, Luxembourg declaration on Patient Safety, Global Patient Safety Challenge.
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2. World Health Organisation, World Alliance for Patient Safety, WHO Guidelines on hand hygiene in Health care, 2005.
3. European Commission, Luxembourg Declaration on patient safety, 2005.
4. European Commission, Eurobarometer, Medical Errors, 2006.
Please cite this article as: Yaneva-Deliverska M. PATIENT SAFETY AND HEALTHCARE-ASSOCIATED INFECTIONS. J of IMAB 2011; 17(1):120-122. doi: 10.5272/jimab.2011171.120
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