Essay about Healthcare Associated Infection ( Hais )
Healthcare Associated Infection (HAIs) are infections patients acquire while receiving medical care. HAI is among one of the leading causes of increased stay, cost and preventable deaths in the country. According to the CDC, 1 in 25 patients admitted to hospitals acquire at least one type of HAIs. There were an estimated 722,000 HAIs in Acute care hospitals in the US, 75,000 hospital patients died during these hospitalizations and half of these HAIs occurred outside of the intensive care unit. Government agencies such as the CDC, Health people 2020 have initiatives such as the National Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare –Associated Infections: Roadmap to Elimination to decrease HAIs and have been somewhat successful throughout the years.
To decrease the risk of HAIs in healthcare setting, I propose a plan to evaluate the steps taken by healthcare professionals to lower risk of HAIs. By evaluating steps taken by the healthcare, we can understand whether the steps are effective in reducing HAIs and help to recognize what needs to be done to lower the risk of HAIs in the future.
Healthcare Associated Infection is an umbrella for different type of infection patients can acquire while in hospital. Some examples of HAIs are central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI), catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI), surgical site infections and ventilator associated pneumonia. These infections pose a safety threat to…