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Tackling HCAIs: the role of patient isolation

Yvonne Carter believes that temporary isolation solutions could provide the answer to address COVID-19 transmission in hospitals, as well as to contain other healthcare-associated infections, in the future.

Healthcare-associated infection (HCAI) is new infection that is contracted by a patient while they receive medical or surgical treatment or from being in contact with a healthcare facility., Common HCAIs include Clostridioides difficile (C. difficile), methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Influenza (flu). While HCAIs have become more apparent during the current COVID-19 pandemic, they have been a pre-existing challenge for the NHS

Annually, there are more than 300,000 cases of HCAIs in UK hospitals, frequently occurring in vulnerable patients with around 40% of HCAIs cases in intensive care units., HCAIs can affect quality of life and cause significant morbidity and mortality in those affected – especially in critically ill patients, accounting for 10,000 deaths each year in the UK.

They also expose acute healthcare workers to an increased risk of infections. It is estimated in 2017 there were 13,900 cases repo

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Arab Health 2022

Dubai World Trade Centre
24th - 27th January

Knowlex Infection Prevention & Control 2022

National Conference Centre, Birmingham
8th - 9th February

Central Sterilising Club 60th Anniversary Annual Scientific Meeting

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Royal College of Physicians, London
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19th May 2022

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