Title

Preventing hospital-acquired infections in low-income and middle-income countries: impact, gaps, and opportunities.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-1-2016

Publication Title

Infect Dis Clin North Am

Abstract

In low-income and middle-income countries (LMIC) health care-associated infections (HAIs) are a serious concern. Many factors contribute to the impact in LMIC, including lack of infrastructure, inconsistent surveillance, deficiency in trained personnel and infection control programs, and poverty- related factors. In LMIC the risk of HAIs may be up to 25% of hospitalized patients. Building infection control capacity in LMIC is possible where strategies are tailored to the specific needs of LMIC. Strategies must start with simple, cost-effective measures then expand to include more complicated measures. Goals for short-term, medium-term, and long-term actions should be planned and resources prioritized.

Medical Subject Headings

Capacity Building; Cross Infection; Developing Countries; Humans; Infection Control; Professional Practice Gaps

PubMed ID

27515149

Volume

30

Issue

3

First Page

805

Last Page

818

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