Reducing harm to patients from healthcare associated infection: the role of surveillance

The Reducing harm to patients from healthcare associated infection: the role of surveillance, report was compiled by 51 experts from across Australia. It provides an overview of current healthcare associated infection (HAI) issues and surveillance initiatives in Australia, and a review of international and Australian surveillance literature. Providing a comprehensive picture of the surveillance of HAI in Australia, the report demonstrates the costs that these infections impose upon individual Australians and the health system. Each chapter of the report includes recommendations and a summary of key points based on the material presented.

Data set specification for  Surveillance of Healthcare Associated Infections: Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia and Clostridium difficile infection

ACSQHC has drafted a data set specification to provide detailed metadata standards to underpin national healthcare associated infection (HAI) surveillance. The intent of the data set specification is to support local development of forms and systems; it is not intended that all data items be collected at national level. The data set specification incorporates the national definitions of HAIs developed by the Healthcare Associated Infection Surveillance Expert Working Group to support consistent local collection of Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia (SAB) and Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) data. The data set specification has been lodged in METeOR, the online repository of national data standards operated by the Metadata Unit of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Contact elizabeth.hanley@safetyandquality.gov.au for further information on the Data set specification.