Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) are infections that patients get while receiving treatment for medical or surgical conditions. HAIs occur in all settings of care, including hospitals, surgical centers, ambulatory clinics, and long-term care facilities such as nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities. Some patients are at greater risk than others-young children, the elderly, and persons with compromised immune systems are more likely to get an infection. Other risk factors are long hospital stays, the use of indwelling catheters, failure of healthcare workers to wash their hands, and overuse of antibiotics. Understanding warning signs, preventative measures, and operational best practices are crucial to infection prevention for nurses in their healthcare setting.
Measuring and improving how antibiotics are prescribed by clinicians and used by patients to effectively treat infections, protect patients from harm caused by unnecessary antibiotic use, and combat antibiotic resistance.
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