oa Southern African Journal of Epidemiology and Infection - Best care... always! : editorial

Volume 26, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1015-8782
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1084



Health care-associated infections (HAIs) are among the most common and serious adverse events in hospitals globally, occurring in about one in 10 admissions overall. A recent meta-analysis shows that HAIs are a much bigger problem in the hospitals of developing countries, than in those in the industrialised world. HAI prevalence is 15.5 per 100 patients, at least double the overall rate in Europe, while the incidence of HAIs acquired in intensive care units (ICUs) is 34.2 per 1 000 patient days, triple the rate in the USA.

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