The Need to Understand Infection Risk Sources and Pathways to Mitigate HAIs

Hospital-acquired infections (HAI) remain a significant source of concern for healthcare facilities of all types and sizes, and the physical environment is often a leading source of these infection-causing pathogens. Data from the CDC indicates that each year, about 1 in 25 U.S. hospital patients are diagnosed with at least one infection related to hospital care alone, and approximately 97,000 Americans die from hospital-related fungal infections each year. While there are many factors that contribute to the prevalence of HAIs, the environment plays a significant role in their transmission.

Industrial hygienists and public health professionals typically rely upon a Source-Pathway-Receptor approach to understanding the infection transmission process. This approach can prove valuable to infection control practitioners as well.

Read more in the full article published in Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare.

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