Reduced rates of hospital-acquired UTI in medical patients. Prevalence surveys indicate effect of active infection control programmes.

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Source
J Hosp Infect. 2001 Jan;47(1):36-40
Publication Type
Article
Date
Jan-2001
Author
M. Christensen
O B Jepsen
Author Affiliation
National Centre for Hospital Hygiene, Statens Serum Institut, Copenhagen, Denmark. mcl@ssi.dk
Source
J Hosp Infect. 2001 Jan;47(1):36-40
Date
Jan-2001
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Cross Infection - epidemiology - etiology - prevention & control
Data Collection
Denmark - epidemiology
Humans
Infection Control - methods
Medicine - statistics & numerical data
Population Surveillance
Prevalence
Program Evaluation
Specialization
Specialties, Surgical - statistics & numerical data
Urinary Catheterization - adverse effects
Urinary Tract Infections - epidemiology - etiology - prevention & control
Abstract
Prevalence surveys have been part of the Danish infection control programme since 1974. Nationwide surveys were carried out in 1978, 1979, 1980, 1991 and 1999. The results indicate a net reduction of approximately 25%, mainly due to a reduction of urinary tract infections (UTIs) in medical patients. Results from the nationwide surveys are validated by results of occasional independent surveys performed in regions or single hospitals. The reduction coincides with preventive programmes focused on catheter policy and UTI. We conclude that the prevalence survey is an important part of our strategic programme for infection control in hospitals.
PubMed ID
11161896 View in PubMed
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