The epidemiology of health-care associated infection

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Healthcare-associated infections (HAI) are a major worldwide public health problem. At any one time, around one in 10 patients in hospital have an HAI, which can cause morbidity and prolonged hospital stay, with costs of around £183 million per annum in acute hospitals in Scotland. In some cases there is associated mortality (Reilly et al, 2007).
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
JournalWounds UK
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2008


  • Healthcare-associated infections
  • hospital infections
  • service delivery


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