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24.01.2019 | main topic | Sonderheft 1/2019

Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift 1/2019

Burden of healthcare-associated infections in European acute care hospitals

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Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift > Sonderheft 1/2019
Autoren:
Tommi Kärki, Diamantis Plachouras, Alessandro Cassini, Carl Suetens

Summary

Point prevalence surveys of healthcare-associated infections (HAI) and antimicrobial use in the European Union and European Economic Area (EU/EEA) from 2016 to 2017 included 310,755 patients from 1,209 acute care hospitals in 28 countries. After national validation, we estimated that 6.5% (cumulative 95% confidence interval (cCI): 5.4–7.8%) patients in acute care hospitals had at least one HAI (country-weighted prevalence). On any given day, 98,166 patients (95% cCI: 81,022–117,484) in acute care hospitals had an HAI; 3.8 million (95% cCI: 3.1–4.5 million) patients acquired an HAI each year. Our study confirmed a high annual number of HAI in healthcare facilities in the EU/EEA.

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