Healthcare Acquired Infections (or HAIs) are those transmitted to patients who are receiving treatment for other illnesses or surgeries. They occur in hospitals and treatment centers. Although HAIs have been recognized as an unfortunate risk for decades, awareness and prevention are now being prioritized.
How big of a challenge do HAIs pose?
In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimate that 17.9 million Healthcare Acquired Infections account for 99,000 deaths each year. In Canada, estimates suggest that one in nine patients will pick up an infection and those 220,000+ HAI cases lead to more than 8,000 deaths. The European Centre for Disease Control estimates 3.8 million HAI cases each year across all EU nations.