HealthcarePapers 9(3) July 2009 : 44-50.doi:10.12927/hcpap.2009.20926

Risky Business: Failure to Prevent and Failure to Communicate

Dorothy L. Moore and Micheline Ste-Marie


Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), important threats to patient safety, are considered differently from other adverse events. Gardam and his colleagues discuss several reasons for this and outline approaches that may bring about changes in attitudes and enhance HAI prevention. We comment on the potential preventability of HAIs, the need for improved communication strategies and the different vision of the role of infection control personnel suggested by Gardam et al. Recent developments in infection control structure and management and patient safety in Quebec are summarized.



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