HEALTHCARE-ASSOCIATED INFECTIONS (HAI): THE CHALLENGE
Healthcare-associated infections – a widespread threat with big impact
In Europe every year: 4 millions patients infected – 37,000 deaths (>100 per day).
If you are admitted to a US or European hospital you have 5% chance of contracting a Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) rising to 30% in a Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Admission to hospital in emerging countries there is a 15% chance of HAI.
The cost of healthcare-associated infections to the healthcare economy
- US CDC estimates that it costs $26,000 in treatment costs for each new HAI
- 16 million extra days of hospital stay in EU
- Direct cost in Europe for hospitals: €7 billion / year
- The rise of antibiotic resistant organisms (superbugs) means it is increasingly difficult for hospitals to fight infections
- The least educated and lowest paid workers are tasked with eliminating dangerous bacteria
05/12/2016 Superbug infections must be listed on death certificate under proposed bill
21/09/2016 UN meeting tackles the “fundamental threat” of antibiotic-resistant superbugs
27/07/2016 Women more likely to die with in 30-days from bacterial blood infection
11/07/2016 A “slow catastrophe” unfolds as the golden age of antibiotics comes to an end
15/06/2016 Insurance companies pay the Price for HAIs