Duration: 2 days- 15 Hours

Language: English & Greek

Certificate of Attendance

Level: General

Healthcare Acquired Infections is one of the high priorities of the Healthcare Systems in Europe among the main public health issues which are addressed in the latest report of OECD/EU (2018), Health at a Glance: Europe 2018: State of Health in the EU Cycle.

The European Centre for Disease Control estimates that 3.8 million people acquire a healthcare-associated infection each year in acute care hospitals in EU countries and Norway and Iceland (Suetens et al., 2018), and an estimated 90.000 people in the EU die each year due to the six most common infections in health care settings (Cassini, 2016). At least 20% of healthcare-associated infections are considered to be avoidable through better infection prevention and control (Harbath, 2003).

On average across EU countries (weighted), 5.5% of patients acquired an infection during their hospital stay in 2016-2017. The observed percentage was lowest in Lithuania, Bulgaria, Germany, Latvia, the Netherlands and Romania (less than 4%), and highest in Greece, Portugal, Italy, Finland and Cyprus (more than 8%).

Compounding the impact of healthcare-associated infections are infections due to antimicrobial resistant bacteria, which can lead to complications, longer hospital stays, or death. A single resistant infection has been estimated to cost about 8.500€ to 34.000€ more than a non-resistant infection, due to additional hospital days and additional treatment costs (OECD, 2017). Inappropriate use of antibiotics contribute to antimicrobial-resistant bacteria in hospitals and in the community.

Healthcare-associated infections can be prevented by implementing a series of measures, as set out in the Council of the European Union’s Recommendation on Patient Safety, including the Prevention and Control of Healthcare-Associated Infections (2009/C 151/01). At the hospital level, key components of effective infection prevention and control strategies include:

  • the creation of a local infection control team;
  • staff training;
  • use of evidence-based guidelines;
  • infection surveillance and feedback; and
  • rigorous maintenance of environmental hygiene (WHO, 2016).



Participants will acquire updated knowledge regarding international best practices and protocols on the following major issues:

  • Facts and Figures- Sources and updated references
  • CDC principles of surveillance on HAI- Epidemiology and statistical measurements
  • HAI- types and monitoring methods
  • ESBL (Extended Spectrum B-lactamase bacteria)
  • Hospital Functions and HAIs
  • Committee roles and responsibilities
  • Hand hygiene processes
  • Infection control screening process and protocols
  • Isolation rooms and respective infrastructure
  • Sterilization of medical equipment
  • Cleaning services and hygiene
  • Laundry services and cleaning of footwear
  • Kitchen and food storage facilities
  • Waste management including (potentially) hazardous materials



  • Infection Control nurses
  • Doctors/ Nurses involved in the HAI committee’s operations
  • Health Professionals – nurses – hygiene – public health specialists who wish to be involved in Healthcare Acquired Infections Control