Signal infection surveillance - trial to assess suitability in a small Western Australian hospital

Sparke, Vanessa (2010) Signal infection surveillance - trial to assess suitability in a small Western Australian hospital. Healthcare Infection, 15 (3). pp. 93-96.

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Data obtained from surveillance can underpin public health activities and infection prevention and control programs. This process can be extremely important in the context of continuous quality improvement to demonstrate improved patient outcomes, and can provide reliable data on which to base decisions. Generally, surveillance data allows assessment of the size of the problem, trends over time and can assist with planning and evaluating interventions. For smaller hospitals, the standard (or outcome-based) surveillance method, which is required by the state-run health department's surveillance reporting centre (in the case of Western Australia, Healthcare Infection Surveillance Western Australia), is not suitable. This article describes a short trial of signal infection surveillance at an integrated district hospital in rural Western Australia, an alternative surveillance system for smaller hospitals, which is currently not recognised in Western Australia.

Item ID: 47512
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1835-5625
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2017 01:36
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111711 Health Information Systems (incl Surveillance) @ 60%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified @ 40%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920109 Infectious Diseases @ 20%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920207 Health Policy Evaluation @ 20%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920404 Disease Distribution and Transmission (incl. Surveillance and Response) @ 60%
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