Patient Safety

The WHO Patient Safety website is a mine of valuable information about patient safety. Have a look at it for articles, news, multimedia presentations, research and other information.http://www.who.int/topics/patient_safety/en/.

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Patient Safety Literature

Health-care-associated Infection in Africa: A Systematic Review
Health-care-associated Infection in Africa: A Systematic Review

Health-care-associated infection (HAI) is a major global safety concern for both patients and health-care professionals. HAI is defined as an infection occurring in a patient during the process of care in a hospital or other health-care facility that was not manifest or incubating at the time of admission. This includes infections acquired in the hospital and any other setting where patients receive health care and may appear even after discharge. HAI also includes occupational infections among facility staff. These infections, often caused by multiresistant pathogens, take a heavy toll on patients and their families by causing illness, prolonged hospital stay, potential disability, excess costs and sometimes death.