Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) are infections that the patients acquire during their hospital stay.
At present, the possibility of contracting infections within healthcare facilities is relatively high and the risk of death is not negligible. According to ECDC* data, 4.1 million is the amount of people that acquire an HAI every year in Europe.
Hospital infections are also a major challenge for the National Healthcare Systems, as they have a high impact on healthcare costs. An MRSA (Staphylococcus Aureus Methicillin-Resistant) infection extends hospitalization from an average of 4 to 14 days, causing cost increases from € 10,000 to € 36,000 per patient. €5.48 billion is the amount in healthcare costs incurred across Europe from HAIs. €694 to €13.880 is the cost per infected patient. 52% of this cost is on extra nursing time and medical care.
Intensive therapy wards have the highest frequency of nosocomial infections: in these departments, therefore, an infection control program becomes even more important from an economic point of view. For this reason, the characteristics of Medical Devices must reduce the risk of contagion or occasional infection during their use.
Source* Healthcare-associated infections acquired in intensive care units, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, 2017. HAIs Data and Statistics, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2017
Clinical evidence shows that traditional washing with the use of water basins is one of the main causes of nosocomial infections. In particular, urinary infections in patients with catheters (CAUTIs) are approximately 36% of the total and increase the duration of hospital stay of 7 days. Basin is often a vehicle for pathogens that cause infections: Enterococcus species, Staphylococcus aureus, VRE, gram-negative, drug-resistant bacteria.