Healthcare-associated infections (HAI) are a global, lethal and costly problem. In Europe, HAIs occur in 7.1% of all patients resulting in 37,000 deaths and 7 billion euros in direct costs each year . Current infection precautions emphasise hand hygiene, aseptic work practises and isolation of infected patients, but recent studies [2, 3, 4,] imply that the cleanliness of hospital surfaces and indoor air are also critical factors in the battle against infectious pathogens and fast-spreading epidemics.
|Title of host publication||Research highlights in safety and security|
|Place of Publication||Espoo|
|Publisher||VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|
|MoE publication type||Not Eligible|
|Series||VTT Research Highlights|
Salmela, H., Enbom, S., Heinonen, K., Kalliohaka, T., Mattila, I., Salo, S., & Wirtanen, G. (2013). Proactive prevention of hospital infections. In Research highlights in safety and security (pp. 20-21). VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. VTT Research Highlights, No. 10 http://www.vtt.fi/inf/pdf/researchhighlights/2013/R10.pdf