Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Therapy is becoming ever more difficult because of the increasing rate of antimicrobial resistance among common HAI pathogens. Over the last decade, multidrug-resistant bacteria have been implicated in severe invasive infections and their occurrence has increased steadily. Patients are starting to see the rate of HAI and antibiotic resistance as an important indicator of quality of care.
After presenting the first European Guidelines on infection control in Berlin, intended to reduce the spread of multidrug-resistant bacteria in hospitalised patients, ESCMID is going to increase its influence and involvement in infection control. A new ESCMID Committee for Infection Control was formed at the beginning of 2014 and had its kick-off meeting in March 2014.
Major goals will be:
- to harmonise infection control and preventive measures in all European countries and to reduce morbidity and mortality related to HAI.
- Development of new educational tools as well as specific guidelines and expert opinion with ‘real life’ applicability are a major focus.
- Research will be coordinated through dedicated networking.