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A Point-Prevalence Study on Healthcare-Associated Infections in Vietnam: Public Health Implications

  • Truong Arm Thu (a1) (a2), Nguyen Viet Hung (a2), Nguyen Ngo Quang (a3), Lennox K. Archibald (a4), Le Thi Thanh Thuy (a2), Md. Harun-Or-Rashid (a1) and Junichi Sakamoto (a1)...


During 2008, a point-prevalence survey of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) was conducted in 36 Vietnamese hospitals. Of 7,571 inpatients, 590 (7.8%) had HAIs, including pneumonia (41.9%) and surgical-site infections (27.5%). Device use was a significant risk factor; gram-negative microorganisms predominated. A national reporting system needs to be established for monitoring HAIs and enhancing patient outcomes.


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Young Leaders' Program in Healthcare Administration, Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine, 65 Tsurumai-Cho, Nagoya 466-8550, Japan (


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