New ECDC protocols for surveillance of healthcare-associated infections: targeted surveillance is an essential tool for control and prevention
Today, ECDC’s Healthcare-associated Infections Surveillance Network (HAI-Net) publishes a new version of the software application HelicsWin.Net.
Today, ECDC’s Healthcare-associated Infections Surveillance Network (HAI-Net) publishes a new version of the software application HelicsWin.Net. This application was initially developed for the manual entry of hospital data collected for the ECDC point prevalence survey of healthcare-associated infections (HAI) and antimicrobial use in acute care hospitals.
The new version features a module for the pilot study of the new protocol for surveillance of HAI and prevention indicators (e.g. consumption of alcohol-based hand rubs) in European intensive care units (ICU). The protocol can be accessed from within the software after installation. The pilot study will take place between May and September 2015, and hospitals and ICU interested in participating in this pilot study are invited to contact their country’s National Focal Point for HAI or send an e-mail to ARHAI@ecdc.europa.eu, which will forward the request.
Furthermore, HAI-Net also releases today its first protocol for the surveillance of Clostridium difficile infections (CDI) in Europe, which was piloted in 14 European countries in 2013 (ECDIS-Net project). In the first half of 2016, a new HelicsWin.Net module for surveillance of CDI will be made available and EU-wide data collection will be organised. In 2011-2012, the ECDC point prevalence survey of HAI and antimicrobial use estimated that each year approximately 124 000 cases of healthcare-associated Clostridium difficile infections occur in European hospitals.
Survey of healthcare workers’ knowledge and attitudes about antibiotics and antibiotic resistance
29 Jan 2019 - On 28 January, Public Health England (PHE) launched a new multilingual survey, funded by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), which aims to gain an understanding of European healthcare workers’ knowledge and attitudes about antibiotics and antibiotic resistance.
ECDC calls for continued action to address antimicrobial resistance in healthcare settings
15 Nov 2018 - On European Antibiotic Awareness Day, ECDC publishes the results of two point-prevalence surveys of healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial use in hospitals and in long-term care facilities in the EU/EEA.
Carbapenemase-producing (OXA-48) Klebsiella pneumoniae ST392 found in travellers previously hospitalised in Gran Canaria, Spain
11 Jul 2018 - Thirteen patients with OXA-48-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae ST392 have been reported by Sweden and Norway between January and April 2018 - all returning travellers with prior hospital admission in Gran Canaria. Whole genome sequencing showed tight clustering between the bacterial isolates from the cases.