What does the acronym HCAI stand for?
Hundreds of millions of patients are affected by HCAI worldwide each year, leading to significant mortality and financial losses for health systems and patients.
The acronym HCAI stands for Health care-associated infection.
Of every 100 hospitalized patients at any given time, 7 in developed and 10 in developing countries will acquire at least one HCAI.
5-15% of hospitalized patients acquire HCAI - about 40% in ICUs - mortality from HCAI is 12%-80% (WHO).
5 million HCAI estimated to occur in hospitals in Europe/year (WHO).
Fundamentals in Patient Safety (WHO, Course handout, p. 1)
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