Journal article

Differences in identifying healthcare associated infections using clinical vignettes and the influence of respondent characteristics: a cross-sectional survey of Australian infection prevention staff

Philip L Russo, Adrian G Barnett, Allen C Cheng, Michael Richards, Nicholas Graves, Lisa Hall

ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE AND INFECTION CONTROL | BIOMED CENTRAL LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Australia has commenced public reporting and benchmarking of healthcare associated infections (HAIs), despite not having a standardised national HAI surveillance program. Annual hospital Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream (SAB) infection rates are released online, with other HAIs likely to be reported in the future. Although there are known differences between hospitals in Australian HAI surveillance programs, the effect of these differences on reported HAI rates is not known. OBJECTIVE: To measure the agreement in HAI identification, classification, and calculation of HAI rates, and investigate the influence of differences amongst those undertaking surveillance on these outcomes...

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Funding Acknowledgements

Philip Russo acknowledges the Rosemary Norman Foundation and the Nurses Memorial Centre through the award of the "Babe" Norman Scholarship to enable PhD studies. He also receives minor support from NHMRC funded Centre of Research Excellence in Reducing Healthcare Associated Infection (Grant 1030103).Adrian Barnett is supported by the Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation.Allen Cheng is supported by a NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (Grant 1068732).Nicholas Graves is funded by a NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship (Grant 1059565).Lisa Hall receives funding from the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Reducing Healthcare Associated Infection (Grant 1030103).