Epidemiology of infections and antimicrobial use in Australian haemodialysis outpatients: findings from a Victorian surveillance network, 2008-2015
LJ Worth, T Spelman, SG Holt, JA Brett, AL Bull, MJ Richards
JOURNAL OF HOSPITAL INFECTION | W B SAUNDERS CO LTD | Published : 2017
BACKGROUND: Patients with chronic renal failure who require haemodialysis are at high risk for infections. AIM: To determine the burden of bloodstream and local access-related infections and the prescribing patterns for intravenous antibiotics in Australian haemodialysis outpatients. METHODS: A surveillance network was established following stakeholder consultation, with voluntary participation by haemodialysis centres and data collation by the Victorian Healthcare Associated Infection Surveillance System Coordinating Centre. Definitions for infection and intravenous antimicrobial starts were based upon methods employed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Longitudinal mixed-ef..View full abstract
The VICNISS Coordinating Centre is fully funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.