Healthcare-associated infections in long-term care facilities

In Europe, most long-term care facilities (LTCFs) are for the elderly, including general nursing homes, residential homes and mixed facilities. ECDC monitors the burden of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and antimicrobial use in LTCFs through repeated point prevalence surveys (PPSs) in EU/EEA Member States, using a standardised protocol.
 
The risks of acquiring a HAI can be reduced by implementing infection prevention and control (IPC) structures and processes including antimicrobial stewardship.

Latest outputs

Publication

Data collection on COVID-19 outbreaks in closed settings with a completed vaccination programme: long-term care facilities, version 2.0

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Publication

Rapid Risk Assessment: COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care facilities in the EU/EEA in the context of current vaccination coverage

Risk assessment -

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European surveillance of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities in the EU/EEA: aggregate data reporting - Surveillance protocol version 1.1

Technical report -

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Infection prevention and control and preparedness for COVID-19 in healthcare settings - sixth update

Technical report -

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Rapid Risk Assessment: Increase in fatal cases of COVID-19 among long-term care facility residents in the EU/EEA and the UK

Risk assessment -

Peer-Reviewed Publication

High impact of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities, suggestion for monitoring in the EU/EEA, May 2020

Jun 2020

Peer-Reviewed Publication

Development and assessment of national performance indicators for infection prevention and control and antimicrobial stewardship in European long-term care facilities

Sep 2013

Peer-Reviewed Publication

Healthcare-associated infections in European long-term care facilities: How big is the challenge?

Aug 2012

COVID-19

Publication

Surveillance of COVID-19 at long-term care facilities in the EU/EEA

Technical report -

It is of paramount importance to be able to rapidly identify, assess and control COVID-19 outbreaks in LTCFs in order to protect this particularly fragile population. This document provides guidance for EU/EEA Member States planning to implement monitoring systems at LTCFs and describes the surveillance objectives.

Disease networks

European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Network (EARS-Net)

Healthcare-associated Infections Surveillance Network (HAI-Net)

European Surveillance of Antimicrobial Consumption Network (ESAC-Net)

European Antimicrobial Resistance Genes Surveillance Network (EURGen-Net)

Related diseases / Public health areas

Disease / public health area

Healthcare-associated infections

Disease / public health area

Antimicrobial resistance

Disease / public health area

Antimicrobial consumption