Patient Safety Of Health Care Associated Infections

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Patient Safety in Health Care Associated Infections
Abbigail Eisenhut
Baker University School of Nursing
Patient Safety in HealthCare Associated Infections
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), one out of twenty five patients have obtained a health care associated infection (HAI) during their visit at a healthcare facility. This is approximately 1.7 million HAIs per year, just including the United States. From these incidents, roughly 17% result in death (Allen, 2015). Healthcare associated infections have become a major patient safety issue around the world. Patients are obtaining infections under the care of healthcare professionals when they are seeking help for a non-related issue. HAIs are some of the most common complications in health care. Not all HAIs are preventable, but with proper education, compliance, and training the rates could be significantly decreased. The following information will discuss the prevalence and types of HAIs, those that are at highest risk for developing this type of infection, and lastly, ways that healthcare professionals and patients can prevent healthcare associated infections.
Origin of Healthcare Associated Infections
In order to fully understand HAIs, it is important to know how the concept developed. Healthcare associated infections dates back to the 19th century with Ignaz Semmelweis’s germ theory. He demonstrated that puerperal fever, also known as childbed fever, was spread by direct contact due to the contaminated…
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