Global incidence in hospital-associated infections resistant to antibiotics: An analysis of point prevalence surveys from 99 countries

  15 June 2023

Hospital-associated infections (HAIs) are an important cause of morbidity and mortality around the world. Many HAIs are caused by drug-resistant bacterial pathogens, but there are major gaps in our understanding of the number of hospital-associated drug-resistant infections (HARIs) worldwide. As such, we estimated trends in prevalence of HARIs caused by high priority pathogens (Escherichia coliAcinetobacter spp., Klebsiella spp., Staphylococcus aureusEnterobacter spp., and Pseudomonas spp.) in 195 countries.

In this study, we observe, in the absence of systematic surveillance systems for HARIs, a baseline overview of their rates. Our yearly estimates highlight the global threat of HARIs and may help define strategies to tackle resistance in hospital settings.

Further reading: PLOS Medicine
Author(s): Ruchita Balasubramanian, Thomas P. Van Boeckel, Yehuda Carmeli, Sara Cosgrove, Ramanan Laxminarayan
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