ECDC releases new web pages on the Surveillance of Healthcare-associated Infections
On the occasion of World Hand Hygiene Day, 5th May, ECDC is releasing new web pages dedicated to the Healthcare-associated Infections Surveillance Network (HAI-Net) – a European network for HAI surveillance, coordinated by ECDC.
On the occasion of World Hand Hygiene Day, 5th May, ECDC is releasing new web pages dedicated to the Healthcare-associated Infections Surveillance Network (HAI-Net). HAI-Net is a European network for HAI surveillance, coordinated by ECDC.
The new web pages comprise information on the network and its activities, related events and documents, such as the Improving Patient Safety in Europe Technical Implementation Report, 2005-2008. ECDC continues to work to develop an interactive online database, displaying reports from the European Surveillance System (TESSy) with surveillance data on occurrence and spread of HAI in Europe.
HAI-Net has been coordinated by ECDC since 2008 and its activities are based on the activities of the former IPSE (Improving Patient Safety in Europe) network. The main priorities of its work are the coordination of the European point prevalence survey of HAI and antimicrobial use in acute care hospitals, the European surveillance of surgical site infections, the European surveillance of HAI in intensive care units and the repeated point prevalence surveys of HAI and antimicrobial use in European long-term care facilities.
For a third consecutive year, on 5th May, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is organising the SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands, an annual global campaign to support health-care workers to improve hand hygiene in health care and thus support the prevention of HAI.
Survey on antimicrobial resistance in intensive care units currently open
Antibiotic resistance is a threat to public health. It compromises the treatment of infected patients, in particular that of the most severely ill patients. Increasingly, intensive care physicians in Europe are confronted with infections caused by bacteria for which limited or no adequate treatment options are available.Read more
ECDC tools: surveillance is essential to prevent and control healthcare-associated infections
Today, ECDC’s Healthcare-associated Infections Surveillance Network (HAI-Net) publishes two updated protocols for the surveillance of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs): one for surgical site infections (SSIs) and prevention indicators, and another one for HAIs and prevention indicators in intensive care units (ICUs), both to be used by European hospitals. An update of the protocol for the surveillance of Clostridium difficile infections (CDIs) was published on 21 April.Read more
Point prevalence surveys of healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial use in hospitals and long-term care facilities across Europe are ongoing
ECDC point prevalence surveys (PPSs) estimate that each year 3.5 million healthcare-associated infections occur in acute care hospitals, and 4.2 million in long-term care facilities (LTCFs) across Europe.Read more