How to prevent infections

Healthcare associated infections is a major problem worldwide and can affect anyone when admitted to care at hospital, another health facility or being treated at home. There are a number of things that you can do to protect yourself from getting an infection.

Bactiguard's INfection Protection solution

If you do need to seek hospital care there is always a certain risk that you will be exposed to bacteria, especially when  you are being treated with a medical device, which cause more than half of all healthcare associated infections. Catheterisation is considered to be one of the highest infection risks since it creates a passage between your body and the environment. Three of the four most common areas where healthcare associated infections occur are in the urinary tract, respiratory tract and the bloodstream.

The use of Bactiguard's solution for infection protection such as Foley catheters, endotracheal tubes and central venous catheters reduces the number of healthcare associated infections significantly. All the company's products have an infection protection and tissue friendly coating, preventing bacteria from adhering to the device. So far 150 million Foley catheters have been used by patients all over the world.

By preventing healthcare associated infections, caused by medical devices, we can increase patient safety and reduce the number of patient days and at the same time reduce the cost for healthcare and society. Furthermore, we can contribute to a reduced use of antibiotics, prevent the spread of mutli-resistant bacteria and most importantly, we can save lives.  

Our technology and products are only one part of the solution. We are also continuously working together with decision makers, the academia and the healthcare sector to create a new standard of care for preventing healthcare associated infections. Surveillance of the number of healthcare associated infections, preventive actions such as hand hygiene, as well as training of staff and adequate treatment are all neccessary ingredients. 

The clinical evidence is strong and clearly shows that the number of catheter-related urinary tract infections can be reduced an average of 35 percent and in certain studies a much larger reduction, of up to 70%, was observed1,2,3,4,5,6  Catheter-related bloodstream infections can be reduced up to 52 percentand respiratory-related pneumonia up to 67 percent8.

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How to prevent infections
How to prevent infections

Handle antibiotics with care

The increased consumption of antibiotics has led to a high-level of multi-resistant bacteria, making it difficult to treat common infection and surgery with antibiotics . To tackle this huge global problem it is important to handle antibiotics with care. 

One action, to achieve a more moderate use of antibiotics, is the World Antibiotic Awareness Week was arranged for the first time in 2015 by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The aim of this initiative is to increase the awareness of the global antibiotic resistance and to encourage best practice among public, health workers and policy makers to reduce the spread of antibiotic resistance.  At the same time the European Centre for Disease arranged a Antibiotic Awareness Day. 

Read more about the annual campaign at WHO

How to prevent infections


Good hand hygiene is one of the easiest and most efficient ways of avoiding bacteria and contamination. This is also something that has been highlighted by the World Health Organisation (WHO), launching an annual global campaign to demonstrate the importance of hand hygiene to reduce healthcare associated infections and increase patient safety. The core is that all healthcare workers should clean their hands at the right time and in the right way.

The initiative is part of the WHO program Clean Care is Safer, aiming at reducing healthcare associated infections worldwide and involves many levels including Ministers of Health, who have committed to reducing the prevalence of healthcare associated infections and supporting the work of WHO. Until now more than 40 countries around the world have started hand hygiene campaigns.
Read more about WHO's hand hygiene improvement tools and materials.



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