What is an acquired infection?
Hospital-acquired infections, which are also called nosocomial infections, include all infections that develop over the course of a stay in a medical facility and that are unassociated with the condition for which the patient was admitted or diagnosed. These infections can be caused by viral, bacterial and fungal pathogens developed after the arrival of the patient. Sometimes a hospital-acquired infection (HAI) can lead to severe injury and even death for a patient.
According to the CDC:
- On any given day, 1-in 25-hospital patients has at least one infection association with healthcare.*
- In 2011, of the almost 800,000 hospital acquired infections in acute care hospitals, approximately 75,000 patient died during their hospitalizations.*