Managing hospital acquired infections

Hospital acquired infection control and management

Infographic about hospital aquired infections

It’s an insidious problem. According to the CDC, on any given day, one in 25 hospital patients has at least one hospital acquired infection¹.


Hospital acquired infections, which are also known as healthcare associated infections (HAIs), are a significant concern. They can be localized or systemic, can involve any system of the body, and be associated with medical devices or blood product transfusions². Reducing hospital acquired infections across your enterprise can help improve patient population management in the ICU and extend your care resources.


This issue affects even the youngest and most vulnerable patients. HAI incidence in the NICU has dramatically increased over the past 20 years.


Our critical care solutions support your care teams in their infection-control initiatives for neonates, infants and adults.

Helping you stop healthcare-associated infections

Our first system to combine live clinical information with genetic fingerprinting of bacterial pathogens, Philips IntelliSpace Epidemiology supports efforts to contain and eliminate healthcare-associated infections (HAI). Clinical informatics (such as patient location, movement through the hospital, caregivers, exposure to devices, etc.) and pathogen genome analysis combine in a powerful tool with an easy-to-read interface and partially automated workflow to enhance the effectiveness of infection control and prevention professionals. Advanced algorithms find and highlight possible infection clusters, organizing and transforming your infection control workflow by putting actionable data you need to assess HAIs at your fingertips. We call this powerful synergy of clinical informatics and genetic analysis “Precision Infection Prevention.”*
*With the phrase “Precision Infection Prevention” Philips is referring to our support of the industry’s transition from discussing prevention control to infection prevention. IntelliSpace Epidemiology is not intended to prevent infections, but to support preventionists in their efforts to stop the spread of HAI.

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HAI in the NICU

The past two decades have brought significant changes to neonatal and infant care delivery systems in the U.S. The need to manage HAIs in the NICU is greater than ever.

Fewer acute care facilities

There are 19% fewer acute care facilities, while the population of neonates requiring care has increased.6

More neonates requiring care

The proportion of neonates who require care has increased due both to in-vitro fertilization and multiple pregnancies.6

Hospital-acquired infections are increasing

The growing shortage of nurses to treat the population or neonates requiring acute care – within fewer acute care facilities – has increased the risk of hospital-acquired infection by 36%.6

Streamline workflow to help in managing HAI

A patient is being wheeled in. Workflow adjustmenst can help  in reducing the risk of HAI

Research shows that when care teams are aware of infection problems and take specific steps to prevent them, rates of some targeted HAIs can decrease by more than 70%5. Consider:


  • A modular transport monitor that stays with the patient
  • Single-patient use ECG leads, blood pressure cuffs, and Sp02 sensors (neonatal to adult) that are designed to last an entire patient stay
  • Taking a diagnostic 12-lead ECG utilizing the patient monitor to help avoid moving equipment from patient to patient
  • Using supplies that connect with most manufacturers' devices, which means fewer supply changes
  • Single-use non-invasive (NIV) masks that stay with the patient and a clean clip shell that offers a quick, docking spot when not in use
  • Disposable covers for positioning products in the NICU, as well as disposable supplies for jaundice management for pre-term babies, neonates and adults.

Adjust care rapidly to preempt HAI

A patient on a respioratory face mask. Hospital acquired infections can be reduced by pre-emptive action

Advanced algorithms and real time point-of-care analyses combined with advanced monitoring and respiratory care solutions to help with your infection control efforts/protocols, etc.


  • Clinical decision support tools help identify leading indicators for severe sepsis
  • Automated message communications assists in delivering early warning signs to clinicians
  • NIV solutions can be used to avoid endotracheal intubation and reduce the potential for ventilator- associated pneumonia (VAP)


Work smarter in the ICU and NICU with tools to support your infection control initiatives, respiratory weaning, and prompt recovery.

Address infection control in hospitals

NeoLeads electrodes now available! Try before you buy.

The delicate, fragile nature of the smallest patients in the NICU calls for specialized care right from the start. Philips now offers NeoLead electrodes for stable and reliable ECG monitoring designed for the needs of neonates, particularly in the challenging incubator environment.


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Philips NeoLeads
Customers will receive 1 pouch featuring 3 of the pre-attached leadwire pediatric/neonatal ECG electrodes with Hydrogel/Hyrocolloid adhesive.


1. Magill SS, Edwards JR, Bamberg W, et al. Multistate Point-Prevalence Survey of Health Care-Associated Infections.N Engl J Med 2014;370:1198-208.

DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1306801.

2. Marchetti A, Rossiter R. Economic Burden of Healthcare-Associated Infection in US Acute Care Hospitals – Societal Perspective. J Med Econ 16(12). September 2013. DOI: 10.3111/13696998.2013.842922. Source: PubMed.

3. Hassan M, Tuckman HP, Patrick RH, Kountz DS, Kohn JL. Cost of hospital-acquired infection. Hosp Top. 2010 Jul- Sep;88(3):82-9. DOI: 10.1080/00185868.2010.507124.


4. Zimlichman E, Henderson D, Tamir O, et al. Health Care-Associated Infections: A Meta-analysis of Costs and Financial Impact on the US Health Care System. JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(22):2039-2046. DOI:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.9763.

5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Healthcare-associated Infections: HAI Data and Statistics. Page last updated March 2, 2016.

6. Frost and Sullivan, US Neonatal and Infant Care Equipment Market; Sustaining Growth in a Challenging Environment: The Need and the Reality. Feb. 2015, p:11