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The impact of climate change on HCAIs

Should hospitals step up their infection prevention efforts to combat seasonal influences on HCAIs and what impact will climate change have on infection rates in the future?

Speaking at the IPS Autumn Webinar series, Martin Kiernan highlighted the need for greater awareness and education. Louise Frampton reports. 

Climate change could influence rates of healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs), a recent webinar by the Infection Prevention Society (IPS) has warned. Martin Kiernan, a visiting clinical fellow, University of West London and clinical director at Gama Healthcare, said that temperature, humidity and seasonality will need to be considered, as part of long-term infection control strategies in the future. 

“We know that climate change is affecting many things in the world and it is likely to affect HCAIs, going forward, as well,” he commented.

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