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Hospital-acquired Infections Decline Drastically in Canada, Thanks to Awareness Programs

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Published on : Sep 10, 2019

Continued efforts taken by regulatory authorities to spread awareness in Canada finally paved off. As per a survey done by the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), there have been 30 percent reduction in infections acquired by patients in hospitals between 2017 and 2019. 

Nevertheless, continued efforts are required to maintain this. The researchers said this is only  possible if there are continuous efforts to identify and prevent emerging pathogens and infections associated with medical devices. Further, they pressed to improve hygiene related to the urinary or intravenous catheters.

Continuous Efforts are Required to Maintain Low Infection Spread

Healthcare-associated infections are one of the leading cause of infections among individuals worldwide. According to 2002 statistics, in the U.S., approximately 5% patients admitted in hospitals developed an infection. This infection rate translated into 1.7 million cumulative infections and 98000 deaths. The data was alarming and since there have been several steps taken by governments to improve hygiene factor in hospitals.

In Canada, a study carried out by a team of the Canadian Nosocomial Infection Surveillance Program found appalling statistics as well for hospital acquired infection in the early 2000s. The numbers were found to be declining in the recent past. Noticeable decline of 29% was observed in infection rates in intensive care units of hospitals during this period.

Furthermore, the researchers believe that there is no single factor that have resulted in this change. Lots of factors have altogether claimed this change for instances, hand washes awareness and antimicrobial stewardship. The country needs to unite to get over the infections caused by healthcare facilities. Lastly, the situation is under control not eradicated.