Healthcare Associated Infection

The following guest post was contributed by Barbara Dunn, a PR executive who is writing today about healthcare-associated infection (HAI), an important topic for everyone.

Healthcare Associated Infection

When someone develops an infection, at a hospital or other patient care facility, that they did not have prior to treatment, this is referred to as a healthcare-associated (sometimes hospital-acquired) infection (HAI).

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), at any point in time, 1.4 million people worldwide suffer from infections acquired in hospitals.

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 healthcare-associated infection (HAI) prevention to staff and management.

Whether you’re a healthcare professional, patient, or visitor, the most effective way to keep HAIs down to a minimum (and to protect yourself from the Swine Flu) is to wash your hands or use an alcohol-based sanitizer.

For more information about the Not on My Watch campaign, please take a look at http://www.haiwatch.com

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