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.
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.
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
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