Healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial resistance

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Containing infections contracted in healthcare facilities and limiting antimicrobial resistance

 

Our research team provides healthcare facilities with the tools necessary to monitor healthcare-related infections, resistance to antibiotics and the consumption of antimicrobial agents. Our research and surveillance activities enable us to help limit resistance to antibiotics, both in human and animal medicine. We share our expertise with the health authorities, and provide field support in the case of epidemics linked to bacteria resistant to multiple antibiotics.

  • Healthcare facilities: hospitals, chronic care/long-term care facilities, retirement and nursing homes, psychiatric hospitals, etc.
  • Surveillance: measure and monitor the evolution of a phenomenon, e.g. antibiotic resistance.
  • Healthcare-related infections: infections contracted by patients during hospitalisation or by residents in long-stay facilities (e.g. operative wound infection).
  • Resistance to antibiotics: mechanism by which micro-organisms (bacteria, fungi, yeasts, etc.) normally destroyed by so-called anti-infective drugs develop the ability to resist these medicines and multiply.
  • Antimicrobial agents: also known as anti-infective drugs. This is a family of substances that kill or slow the growth of bacteria (antibiotics), fungi (antifungal agents), viruses (antivirals).
  • Antibiotics: a sub-class of antimicrobial agents, active exclusively on bacteria.
  • Bacteria resistant to several classes of antibiotics or “multi-resistant bacteria”. Infections related to these bacteria are difficult to treat.

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Surveillance makes it possible to measure, understand and finally reduce the risk of occurrence of such problems in our healthcare institutions. We work closely with the teams of hygienists, microbiologists and pharmacists in all the Belgian hospitals. Our mission is to collect and analyse the surveillance data of healthcare facilities relating to these issues, and to document their development regularly over time, both at the institutional level and at regional and national levels. This information is valuable, as it makes it possible to improve the quality of care and to adjust the policies on preventing healthcare-associated infections.

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