Following on from my previous blog about national surveillance, you asked why we should have a national HAI surveillance program when you believe the surveillance you do is perfectly adequate for your (hospitals) needs.
I have listed below (in no particular order) some of the reasons why I think we should.
- National surveillance and benchmarking instils consumers with confidence that hospitals are measuring safety and quality in a uniform manner.
- Somewhere there is a hospital with the highest infection rate in Australia and they don’t know about it and they might not realise they can improve
- Somewhere there is a hospital with the lowest infection rate in Australia and they can serve as a model for infection prevention
- Safety and quality of healthcare should not be dependent on location, size or any other demographic of the hospital
- National HAI data will inform national infection prevention policy
- National HAI data will inform national infection prevention initiatives and their effectiveness
- National HAI data will inform national infection prevention research priorities
- In a recent discrete choice experiment about preferences for a national surveillance program, over 95% of key stakeholders believed that national surveillance would be beneficial to their infection prevention program (unpublished)
- Evidence based national HAI surveillance will make better use of precious resources currently being used on poor surveillance practices
- National HAI surveillance programs reduce the incidence of HAI by benchmarking, identifying problem areas and implementing best practice.
What do you think? Agree, disagree, have other suggestions?