Hospital-acquired infections, also known as healthcare associated infections, relate to viral, microbial, and bacterial complications which may arise from a hospital setting. These infections may occur in the presence or absence of an invasive procedure or device. The significance of having such a category of infection is due to the realistic effects hospital-acquired infections may have to normal infections.
Since the 1970s, prevention and control of hospital infections has become the focus of many efforts at the local, national, and international levels. Even the WTO has asserted itself in this field with its worldwide hand hygiene campaign. New procedures aim to reduce the incidence of multidrug-resistant infection rates, of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Vancomycin-resistant enterococcus (VR.E) by, for example, improving how catheters are inserted and changed in hospital patients.
Over the past decade, there have been significant developments in the field of healthcare epidemiology and hospital infection control. Like the delivery of healthcare, the field of hospital infection control has moved from surveillance and control in hospitals to include all inpatient and outpatient healthcare settings. Experts who have experience in creating and implementing preventative measures of infections would have specialised knowledge in commenting upon the effectiveness of policies and procedures that could prevent hospital-acquired infections.This may be particularly useful in issues relating to medical negligence.
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Experts in hospital infections can offer opinions on the likely source (e.g. operation, ward, nursing care) and type of infection, and whether any medical negligence or malpractice has taken place from a breach of procedures.
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- The need for a view or inspection of a location
- The quantity of documentary material to be reviewed
- Whether there are reports of other experts to be reviewed and commented on in detail
- Whether there is a need for conferences with the expert either in person or by telephone/Skype
What is MRSA?
Staphylococcus aureus is a bacterium (germ) that commonly lives on the skin or in the nose or mouth of people (this is called colonisation). It is often referred to as staph or golden staph. When staph becomes resistant to commonly used antibiotics (meaning the antibiotics are no longer effective) it is called methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
The burden of healthcare-associated infection in Australian hospitals: A systematic review of the literature
Australia does not have a national Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) surveillance system making it very difficult to systematically assess and report on the burden of hospital-acquired HAIs.
This systematic review reports the incidence burden of HAIs in Australian hospitals as reported in the peer-reviewed literature from 2010 to 2016.
Gould v South Western Sydney Local Health District  NSWDC 67
Experts gave conflicting opinions whether the gangrene contracted by an 8 year old boy was due to the particular antibiotic medication given after a hospital surgical procedure.
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