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Thursday, March 28 · 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Smart IPC/WASH solutions for Healthcare Facilities

Acquired Infections (HAI) can be defined as those
occurring within 48 hours of hospital admission, 3 days of discharge or 30 days
of an operation. They affect 1 in 10 patients admitted to hospital. HAIs are
associated with a great deal of morbidity, mortality, and increased financial
These infections are important as they affect from 5% to more
than 50% of patients attending healthcare facilities (HCFs) leading to
morbidity, treatment complications, and mortality. A good example is neonatal
sepsis and Puerperal sepsis which are significant
contributors to neonatal and maternal mortalities in Tanzania. 
getting medical care is at some risk for an HAI; however, some people are
at higher risk than others depending on personal behavior and practice on
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). Inadequate hand washing by hospital
staff, visitors, and patients is one of the major risk factors for the
acquisition and transmission of HAI. Unsterile or improperly sterilized or handled
medical equipment that enters the body can introduce fungi, bacterial and viral
infection into the body. For example, urinary catheters, intravenous drips
and infusions, respiratory equipment, and drain tubes. Though
many factors may lead to increased occurrence of
HAI but inadequate WASH is known as the major significant factor underlying the
HAIs and other diseases transmission.

Rotunda Hall , COSTECH, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania


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