Hospitals Should Not be the Cause of Infection

Few days ago, I got this info in my mail box and I would like to share the same here as I believe that there should be an increased awareness about HAIs.

Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) are a global crisis affecting both patients and healthcare workers. HAI’s are infections developed in a hospital that patients’ did not have prior to treatment.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), at any point in time, 1.4 million people worldwide suffer from infections acquired in hospitals. A Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report published in March-April 2007 estimated the number of U.S. deaths from healthcare associated infections in 2002 at 98,987. Financially, HAIs represent an estimated annual impact of $6.7 billion to healthcare facilities, but the human cost is even higher.

About “Not on My Watch” Prevention Campaign

To protect patients by reducing the risk of HAI, healthcare professionals must continually update their knowledge of infection management.

As part of an ongoing commitment to quality care and infection prevention, nationwide doctors and hospitals are partnering with Kimberly-Clark to deliver continuing education programs on Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) prevention to busy staff and management within their hospitals.

The HAI Education Program is part of a national infection awareness campaign for healthcare professionals called “Not on My Watch” and will provide the facility with a toolkit that contains informational flyers, patient safety tips and posters.

For details about the “Not On My Watch” campaign, and the HAI Education Bus please visit

Join the community of healthcare professionals concerned with preventing Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs), which at any given moment seriously affect 1.4 million hospitalized patients worldwide.

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  1. I lived in Russia for six years as a medical student, and frankly, the hospitals there are kept spic and span!!!!
    I am currently doing my internship in India, and frankly I am appalled at the absolute lack of basic hygeine.
    I have seen rats lurking about in surgery wards.
    Its just plain awful.
    Ironic in country with so much cheap labour!!!!

  2. I agree with you fully.
    A small issue did put me off in a Hospital in Delhi(Saket).
    I was taken to the dept of Radiology for an X-ray only for investigative reasons.I had to send for the house keeping service as the X-Ray machine seemingly, wasn’t cleaned for days together.
    It was a sorry state of affairs.
    Appreciate your publishing such meaningful post.Thanks

  3. I came to know abt it when Dad was in the hospital. They shut down the ICU, to disinfect it and it takes abt a month’s time for it to be functional back again. But this is essential to maintain a healthy atmosphere.

    With bigger hospitals, having many ICU sections, its possible to perform such disinfecting sessions. Smaller hospitals shld look into other options.

    Good thing u blogged abt it. 🙂

  4. I think infections in hospitals are a universal problem, and can only be solved when patients work with the administration. Here in UK, they have disinfectant rubs, everywhere, to reduce spread of infections in hospitals..

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