Healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) are one of the biggest challenges facing health services around the world. In the UK alone, it is estimated that over 300,000 patients acquire HCAIs every year, and at a cost of millions of pounds for hospital trusts.


Healthcare acquired infections (HCAIs) are the result of sequence of events that take place between an infectious agent (or pathogen), a host and an environment - in a process that is referred to as the 'chain of infection'. Understanding how infections become established in healthcare settings is crucial for effective infection prevention and cont...


The chance discovery of the antibiotic penicillin by British bacteriologist Dr. Alexander Fleming in 1928 is recognised as one of the the true turning points in global medical history. But while the development of antimicrobial agents has revolutionised our understanding of the treatment of infections and infectious diseases, the growing rate of an...


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Infection Prevention & Control in Hospitals

An introduction to HCAIs and the crucial role of infection prevention and control in hospitals and healthcare facilities.