Healthcare associated infections (HAI)
Healthcare Associated Infections are infections that occur while receiving health care in hospitals or other health care facilities.
Health care associated infections are a result of cross contamination. When cleaning and disinfection protocols are insufficient harmful micro-organism can be transmitted, which create an unsafe environment for vulnerable patients.
According to the factsheet of the World Health Organization (WHO) health care associated infections are a serious problem. From the 100 hospitalized patients, at any given time, 7 in developed and 10 in developing countries will acquire at least 1 health care associated infection.