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New ECDC protocols for surveillance of healthcare-associated infections: targeted surveillance is an essential tool for control and prevention

05 May 2015
Today, ECDC’s Healthcare-associated Infections Surveillance Network (HAI-Net) publishes a new version of the software application HelicsWin.Net. This application was initially developed for the manual entry of hospital data collected for the ECDC point prevalence survey of healthcare-associated infections (HAI) and antimicrobial use in acute care hospitals.
The new version features a module for the pilot study of the new protocol for surveillance of HAI and prevention indicators (e.g. consumption of alcohol-based hand rubs) in European intensive care units (ICU). The protocol can be accessed from within the software after installation. The pilot study will take place between May and September 2015, and hospitals and ICU interested in participating in this pilot study are invited to contact their country’s National Focal Point for HAI or send an e-mail to, which will forward the request.
Furthermore, HAI-Net also releases today its first protocol for the surveillance of Clostridium difficile infections (CDI) in Europe, which was piloted in 14 European countries in 2013 (ECDIS-Net project). In the first half of 2016, a new HelicsWin.Net module for surveillance of CDI will be made available and EU-wide data collection will be organised. In 2011-2012, the ECDC point prevalence survey of HAI and antimicrobial use estimated that each year approximately 124 000 cases of healthcare-associated Clostridium difficile infections occur in European hospitals. 

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