The Australian National Healthcare Associated Infection Point Prevalence Survey
For the first time in over 30 years, a healthcare associated infection (HAI) point prevalence survey is to be conducted in Australia.
As you may know, researchers blogging on this website have been long time supporters of national HAI surveillance, highlighting the gaps in our knowledge on the burden of healthcare associated infections in Australia. We are one of the few OECD countries that does not have a national HAI surveillance program. This severely limits our ability to implement evidence based national infection prevention interventions and improve the safety and quality of patient care across Australia.
Led by Dr Philip Russo (Deakin University), with Chief Investigators Professor Brett Mitchell (Avondale College), Professor Allen Cheng and Dr Andrew Stewardson (Monash University) and Professor Tracey Bucknall (Deakin University), the project will commence recruiting hospitals towards the end of 2017 for the survey to be undertaken in 2018.
The primary aims of the research are:
- To estimate the total burden of HAIs in acute care hospitals in Australia
- To describe the HAIs by site, type of patient, specialty, type of facility and geographical location
Data will also be collected on patients with multi-resistant organisms, urinary and vascular devices, and those requiring single room placement.
Findings from this research will inform future national HAI prevention initiatives, as well as developing a model for future national HAI surveillance.
The survey, based on methods developed by the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) has been graciously funded by a charity that has donated over $1 million to nursing research over the last decade.
We will post further details on this site. In the meantime, if you would like further information, please contact either Dr Philip Russo (Twitter @PLR_aus) or Professor Brett Mitchell (Twitter @1healthau)
Interested in participating?
During 2017, we will start to recruit hospitals. If you are potentially interested in being part of this project and are a public principal referral or Group A hospital (AIHW peer group), we would love to hear from you. Please indicate your interest using the form below. We can then contact you again in late 2017 with more details and information for you to consider.
What is a point prevalence survey?
A prevalence survey is a count of the number of patients with a particular condition/treatment (in this case either a healthcare-associated infection) at a particular time (in this case a day), as a proportion of the total number of patients who are hospitalised at that particular time. A point prevalence survey only counts the condition/treatment if present at the time (on the day) of the survey, but does not count if it is present at other times during the patient stay in the hospital. (modified from ECDC)