Time spent in healthcare facilities like hospitals or nursing homes poses a risk of healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs), also known as nosocomial or hospital-associated infections. HAIs are significant contributors to global illness and mortality rates. They occur when patients contract infections caused by microorganisms while receiving care in healthcare settings.

Transmission of these bacteria can occur through various sources. One major cause is the use of contaminated medical devices during diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Additionally, improper cleaning or maintenance of equipment such as ice machines, table trays, and other hospital items, as well as contaminated high-touch surfaces throughout the facility, can contribute to transmission. Patients may come into contact with these germs through direct or indirect contact when proper sanitation procedures are neglected.

While not all modes of transmission can be prevented, such as airborne spread, there are measures to reduce the high rate of infection. Understanding more about HAIs and the importance of maintaining proper cleaning practices in healthcare facilities is crucial for mitigating these risks. Explore the accompanying resource for further insights.

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