Clinics and hospitals
According to a recent study, a projected 90,000 patients die from hospital-acquired infections in Europe every year. Researchers assume that more than 2.5 million infections were first acquired when patients were admitted to hospital. A third of all hospital-acquired infections is considered to be avoidable – for instance through better hygiene. In fact, hospital-acquired infections have become a problem everywhere in the world. Their numbers are rising and the predominantly bacterial pathogens are proving to be increasingly more resistant to antibiotics. Thus, every measure resulting in a reduction of infections is an expedient investment for any hospital or clinic. Studies speak of thousands of fatalities and costs amounting to billions. That is why strategies and instruments aimed at preventing infections are at the top of the list of quality assurance measures in hospitals.