Bloodstream infection surveillance in smaller hospitals

Bennett, Noleen J., Bull, Ann L., Dunt, David R., McBryde, Emma, Russo, Philip L., Spelman, Denis W., and Richards, Michael J. (2007) Bloodstream infection surveillance in smaller hospitals. Australian Infection Control, 12 (2). pp. 45-47.

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Infection Control (IC) nurses in 85 smaller (<100 acute care beds) public hospitals reported hospital acquired primary laboratory confirmed (LC) bloodstream infections (BSIs) over 26 months. The 'true' infection rate (as confirmed by two infectious diseases physicians) was 0.2 BSIs per 10,000 acute occupied bed days. Only 25% of the BSIs reported by the IC nurses were confirmed as 'true' infections. Staphylococcus aureus was the most commonly cultured causative micro-organism. The cause of the 12 confirmed BSIs may have been associated with the use of intravascular devices. The usefulness for smaller hospitals continuing this type of surveillance (particularly because hospital acquired primary LC BSIs are an infrequent, albeit serious event) is questionable.

Item ID: 40428
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1835-5625
Funders: Victorian Department of Human Services
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2015 01:06
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110309 Infectious Diseases @ 40%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111706 Epidemiology @ 40%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160508 Health Policy @ 20%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920109 Infectious Diseases @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920207 Health Policy Evaluation @ 50%
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