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Healthcare-associated infections, and infection prevention and control

Healthcare-associated infections are one of the most common complications affecting patients in hospital. As well as causing unnecessary pain and suffering for patients and their families, a healthcare-associated infection can prolong a patient’s hospital stay and add considerably to the cost of delivering health care.

Effective infection prevention and control practices can minimise the risk of transmission of infection between patients, healthcare workers and other people in the healthcare environment and, in turn, reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections.