Strategies for Implementation of Evidence-based Guidelines for Prevention of Healthcare-associated Infection

  • S. Labeau
  • D. Vandijck
  • S. Blot


Healthcare-associated infections are a serious concern worldwide and are considered the greatest risk that patients face upon hospitalization, with 5 % to 15 % of patients affected [1, 2]. Healthcare-associated infections cause discomfort and disability, and infected patients are at risk for increased morbidity and mortality. Moreover, they are accountable for substantial added costs for the individual as well as for society. Given the burden associated with healthcare-associated infections, and reinforced by the growing focus on improving patient safety over the past few years, the prevention of healthcare-associated infections has become a new healthcare imperative [3].


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Labeau
    • 1
  • D. Vandijck
    • 1
  • S. Blot
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Medicine and Health SciencesUniversity HospitalGhentBelgium

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