Update on healthcare-associated infections

Healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) receive much attention and often receive much media coverage which can cause much political and public alarm. This article provides an update in relation to HCAIs and will serve as an introduction to a forthcoming series of articles in infection prevention and control. It is acknowledged that not all infections are preventable but managing infection control and ensuring best practice can improve patient outcomes significantly and enhance service user safety, as well as individual practitioner safety. Four areas of paramedic practice are addressed with the intention of reviewing current practice.

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