Patients in hospitals and residents in nursing homes are often immunocompromised, so contracting a HAI may aggravate pre-existing or underlying conditions, postpone recovery, and reduce their quality of life.
FREMONT, CA: Infections contracted when providing treatment affect one out of every ten patients worldwide; these infections are known as Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs). HAIs are among the most common healthcare problems, posing a risk to patients, residents, visitors, and staff. Infection prevention and control helps to keep patients and health workers safe from diseases that may be avoided.
Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) is responsible for initiating activities, procedures, and policies to reduce the spread of these diseases and prevent anyone from becoming ill as a result of an avoidable infection. Financial investment in the IPC program will help ensure that an organization has a well-equipped, well-resourced, and well-educated healthcare staff, which will support the healthcare facility greatly. Here are key reasons why.
Enhanced Patient Care
The wellbeing of patients is a vital part of caregiving. Patients in hospitals and residents in nursing homes are often immunocompromised, so contracting a HAI may aggravate pre-existing or underlying conditions, postpone recovery, and reduce their quality of life. As a result, their stay in hospitals is extended, resulting in higher costs and a burden on nursing staff. Increased IPC investment can help ensure that the facility provides a safe environment for healthcare delivery, according to the World Health Organization. Successful infection prevention and control can minimize HAIs by at least 30 percent.
Fight Antibiotic Resistance
Drug-resistant bacteria are becoming more common around the world. In recent years, a growing number of microbes have developed resistance to antibiotics as a result of overuse and abuse of antibiotics. Some of the most prevalent HAI’s have all shown resistance to antibiotics. When a patient catches a resistant infection in the hospital, their life is put in jeopardy, and they will need extra antibiotic therapy that could have been avoided. IPC investment lowers the need for antimicrobial medicine, reducing the risk of resistance and assisting the global community in better stewarding vital medicines.
Healthcare staff who care for patients with serious and infectious diseases place themselves at risk of being infected. This has been shown clearly in the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, in which thousands of healthcare workers became sick and, in some cases, died.