Healthcare-associated infections: the silent pandemic

didier pittetDespite the large number of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) worldwide, not everybody speaks about the "silent pandemic", according to hospital epidemiologist Professor Didier Pittet (pictured). “No hospital, no country, no healthcare system in the world can claim to have solved the problem,” he said.

Speaking at the infection prevention seminar at last month’s Index nonwovens trade fair in Geneva, Switzerland, Pittet said at least 500,000 patients a day in hospitals alone worldwide will develop HAIs, which will result in 16m deaths a year – more than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria together.

For the full story, see the November 2021 edition of Medical Textiles.