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Prevalence of healthcare-associated infection in Scottish intensive care units.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20970880     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
A national point prevalence survey of healthcare-associated infection (HCAI) in all acute hospitals, including intensive care units (ICUs), was carried out in Scotland from October 2005 to October 2006. The survey measured the prevalence of HCAIs to determine the burden on ICU resources. HCAI prevalence in ICUs was compared with HCAI prevalence in patients outside ICU. The prevalence of HCAI in ICU patients was 27.1%, significantly higher than HCAI prevalence in patients outside ICU, which was 9.3%. The prevalence of specific infections, namely pneumonia and lower respiratory tract, bloodstream and surgical site infections, was also significantly higher in ICU patients compared with non-ICU patients. These results highlight the burden on ICU resources from all HCAIs, regardless of site of infection. High HCAI prevalence in Scottish ICUs has major implications for patient safety and ICU resources and emphasises the need for continuing strong collaboration between intensivists and infection control teams.
Authors:
S Cairns; J Reilly; M Booth
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2010-10-23
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of hospital infection     Volume:  76     ISSN:  1532-2939     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Hosp. Infect.     Publication Date:  2010 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-11-16     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8007166     Medline TA:  J Hosp Infect     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  308-10     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2010. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Affiliation:
Health Protection Scotland, Glasgow, UK. shona.cairns@nhs.net
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