Preventing hospital-acquired infections in low-income and middle-income countries: impact, gaps, and opportunities.
Bardossy AC, Zervos J, and Zervos M. Preventing hospital-acquired infections in low-income and middle-income countries: Impact, gaps, and opportunities. Infect Dis Clin North Am 2016; 30(3):805-818.
Infect Dis Clin North Am
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