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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 4-11

Surveillance systems for health care associated infections Surveillance systems for health care associated infections


Additional Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Jai Prakash Narain Apex Trauma Centre, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, 110029, India

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Purva Mathur
Additional Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Jai Prakash Narain Apex Trauma Centre, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, 110029
India
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HealthCare Associated Infections (HCAIs) are increasingly considered to be preventable adverse events, which require prioritized global attention. In the face of increasing antimi- crobial resistance, prevention remains the best method to curb these infections. Surveil- lance of HCAIs and antimicrobial resistance using standard methods is becoming a model for prevention. Surveillance identifies the rates of HCAIs, the areas for intervention and improvement, as well as the impact of those preventive interventions. Objectivized defini- tions, algorithmic diagnosis and electronic databases have made surveillance systems more user-friendly and effective over time. The scope of surveillance is ever-widening with increasing need for post-discharge surveillance, day-care and home-based treatment and the technology revolution. This review provides an overview of the global health care associated infection surveillance systems and recent innovations therein.


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