On 21 September 2021, the Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) annual report 2020 was published by Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection (ARHAI) Scotland. The report reflects the work undertaken on healthcare associated infection (HCAI) prevention and reducing antimicrobial resistance (AMR) during 2020. Data are provided for common HCAIs, which are an important cause of severe illness, death, and higher treatment costs.
This year the report also includes analysis of hospital onset COVID-19 and its impact on other Scottish national surveillance systems. The global pandemic brought unique challenges during 2020, and ARHAI Scotland within NHS National Services Scotland has been a key part of the national COVID-19 response to the pandemic.
This report details the progress made by ARHAI Scotland to support the reduction of HCAIs in NHS Scotland, as well as providing data to inform local and national HCAI prevention activities.