Journal article

The current scope of healthcare-associated infection surveillance activities in hospitalized immunocompromised patients: a systematic review

Jake C Valentine, Lisa Hall, Karin M Verspoor, Leon J Worth

International Journal of Epidemiology | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2019

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Immunocompromised patients are at increased risk of acquiring healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and often require specialized models of care. Surveillance of HAIs is essential for effective infection-prevention programmes. However, little is known regarding standardized or specific surveillance methods currently employed for high-risk hospitalized patients. METHODS: A systematic review adopting a narrative synthesis approach of published material between 1 January 2000 and 31 March 2018 was conducted. Publications describing the application of traditional and/or electronic surveillance of HAIs in immunocompromised patient settings were identified from the Ovid MEDLINE®, Ovi..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship - University of Melbourne


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship (grant number: 290465) awarded to J.C.V. by the University of Melbourne.