Journal articlesThe epidemiology of healthcare associated infection

The epidemiology of healthcare associated infection

01/03/08 | Infection, Service delivery | Jacqui Reilly

Healthcare-associated infections (HAI) are a major worldwide public health problem. At any one time, around one in 10 patients in hospital have an HAI, which can cause morbidity and prolonged hospital stay, with costs of around £183 million per annum in acute hospitals in Scotland. In some cases there is associated mortality (Reilly et al, 2007).