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Healthcare-associated infections in Australia: time for national surveillance

Russo, Philip L., Cheng, Allen C., Richards, Michael, Graves, Nicholas and Hall, Lisa 2015, Healthcare-associated infections in Australia: time for national surveillance, Australian health review, vol. 39, no. 1, pp. 37-43, doi: 10.1071/AH14037.

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Title Healthcare-associated infections in Australia: time for national surveillance
Author(s) Russo, Philip L.
Cheng, Allen C.
Richards, Michael
Graves, Nicholas
Hall, Lisa
Journal name Australian health review
Volume number 39
Issue number 1
Start page 37
End page 43
Total pages 7
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Place of publication Clayton, Vic.
Publication date 2015-02
ISSN 0156-5788
Keyword(s) Australia
Cross Infection
Population Surveillance
Summary OBJECTIVE: Healthcare-associated infection (HAI) surveillance programs are critical for infection prevention. Australia does not have a comprehensive national HAI surveillance program. The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of established international and Australian statewide HAI surveillance programs and recommend a pathway for the development of a national HAI surveillance program in Australia.
METHODS: This study examined existing HAI surveillance programs through a literature review, a review of HAI surveillance program documentation, such as websites, surveillance manuals and data reports and direct contact with program representatives. RESULTS: Evidence from international programs demonstrates national HAI surveillance reduces the incidence of HAIs. However, the current status of HAI surveillance activity in Australian states is disparate, variation between programs is not well understood, and the quality of data currently used to compose national HAI rates is uncertain.
CONCLUSIONS: There is a need to develop a well-structured, evidence-based national HAI program in Australia to meet the increasing demand for validated reliable national HAI data. Such a program could be leveraged off the work of existing Australian and international programs.
Language eng
DOI 10.1071/AH14037
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
1117 Public Health And Health Services
1605 Policy And Administration
1110 Nursing
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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