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Brazil addresses high neonatal HAI rates - IV lines under spotlight

This article was originally published in Clinica

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Brazil has issued for consultation comprehensive guidelines on tackling healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in the neonatology setting. The draft "manual on national criteria" in this area, published in the Diario Oficial da Uniao of April 2, covers the range of diagnostic, therapeutic and preventive care activities. Intravenous (IV) catheterisation and mechanical ventilation are major contributory factors in the high incidence of neonatal sepsis, notes healthcare surveillance agency Anvisa, which is heading the initiative. 60% of all infant deaths in Brazil - arguably the top healthcare priority for the Americas as a whole - occur during the neonatal period, and sepsis is a leading cause. The consultation is scheduled to end on May 2.

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