Healthcare associated infections are urgent and agrowing problem throughout the world. According WHO, on average one in every ten patients suffers from HAI.1 An increasing number of infections combined with antibiotic resistance presents a global threat to public health.
Healthcare associated infections, also known as nosocomial infections, are acquired by patients during hospital, or other healthcare facility care and was not present on admission. They often occur in conjunction with medical or surgical procedures.
Increases the risk for antibiotic resistance
In addition to unnecessary suffering and longer hospital stays for the patient, these infections also entail higher costs and resource allocation for healthcare and society at large. Many HAIs require antibiotic treatment, which increases the risk of antibiotic resistance.
A common cause of healthcare associated infections is bacterial growth on medical devices. The urinary tract (catheter associated urinary tract infection), bloodstream (catheter related bloodstream infection) and respiratory tract (ventilator associated pneumonia) are three of the most common areas where HAIs arise.
Prevention of healthcare associated infections
According to the World Health Organization, it is now more important than ever to prevent infections. By preventing infections we can save millions of lives every year, while reducing healthcare costs and the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
If we work effectively on preventing infections, healthcare associated infections could fall by at least 30% according to the World Health Organization.
With Bactiguard’s technology we can meet the need for medical devices that can effectively help to reduce the risk of healthcare associated infections. We offer products that prevent infection in the urinary tract, bloodstream and respiratory tract:
- BIP Foley Catheter – prevents catheter associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI)
- BIP Central Venous Catheter – prevents catheter related bloodstream infection (CRBSI)
- BIP Endotracheal Tube – prevents ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP)
1. World Health Organization 2011: Report on the burden of endemic health care-associated infection worldwide. ISBN 978 92 4 150150 7