SAS Healthcare Solutions Combat Hospital-Acquired Infections and Ensure Patient Safety

SAS Healthcare Solutions Combat Hospital-Acquired Infections and Ensure Patient Safety


Well into the 20th century, bacterial infections such as pneumonia, was a leading cause of death in the Nordics. With the invention and introduction of antibiotics, life expectancies improved drastically But hospital-acquired infections, not related to the patients’ main disease, are still a major concern. These are infections patients contract because they are hospitalized One in ten patients contract infections while at hospital, leading to longer hospital stays and added health risks – even death. Each year, 3,000 Danes die from infections contracted while at hospital In Sweden, it’s estimated hospital-acquired infections cost 750,000 extra hospital days a year. But new, data-driven solutions are helping healthcare professionals combat the problem. SAS Institute and Sygehus Lillebælt have in collaboration developed a solution, which finds all infections at the hospital. When you have access to data on a personal level, then you can do a root cause analysis and find out why did the patient get an infection, which means you have the possibility to change the way you work and thereby reduce the number of infections. Excessive or incorrect prescription of antibiotics and lack of patient follow-ups can result in anti-biotic resistance. Already, more than a quarter of antibiotic treatments have become ineffective. Antibiotic stewardship assist health care professionals to get an overview and ensure accurate and correct treatment of infections. This increases patient safety on both the personal and population level. Effective antibiotics treatments are key to our future health. With analytical tools from SAS Institute, healthcare professionals gain new weapons in the fight against hospital-acquired infections and antibiotic resistance.

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