Proactive prevention of hospital infections

Hannu Salmela, Seppo Enbom, Kimmo Heinonen, Tapio Kalliohaka, Inga Mattila, Satu Salo, Gun Wirtanen

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Abstract

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 [1]. 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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch highlights in safety and security
Place of PublicationEspoo
PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Pages20-21
ISBN (Electronic)978-951-38-8130-6
ISBN (Print)978-951-38-8129-0
Publication statusPublished - 2013
MoE publication typeNot Eligible

Publication series

SeriesVTT Research Highlights
Number10
ISSN2242-1173

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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