Health Care Associated Infection

Tackling MRSA and Health Care Associated Infection (HCAI) is a priority for the HSE and as a result of the Say No to Infection campaign the HSE has established a HCAI programme. Its core objectives are:

  • To reduce Health Care Associated Infections
  • To reduce MRSA infections
  • To reduce antibiotic consumption

These targets will be achieved through the development of national and local level action plans to reduce the potential for spread of infections between persons in health care settings and to reduce and alter antibiotic use in Ireland. The immediate priorities for the programme are:

  • Use antimicrobials appropriately
  • Prevent medical device-related infections i.e., IV lines  and urinary catheters
  • Improve hand hygiene by healthcare staff

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Dr. Fidelma Fitzpatrick
Consultant Microbiologist
Beaumont Hospital and Health Protection Surveillance Centre
Tel:   +353 (0)1 8765300

Dr. Nuala O’Connor
(ICGP lead)

Roisin Breen
Programme Manager


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