Surgical site infections constitute a huge healthcare burden worldwide and prevention requires an integrated approach.
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Surgical site infections (SSIs) constitute a huge healthcare burden worldwide and remain one of the most challenging complications to treat. Airborne particles carrying harmful microorganisms, which settle on skin and instruments, are responsible for the majority of these infections. Prevention requires an integrated approach; one that involves paying careful consideration to a variety of factors, including operating room design and air quality.
Healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) are a significant challenge for hospitals around the world. More than four million patients are estimated to acquire a healthcareassociated infection in the EU each year and approximately 1.7 million in the US are affected annually. The prevalence of HCAIs in Europe is around 7.1 %.1
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