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Rationale and Methods for a Statewide, Prospective Surveillance System for the Identification and Prevention of Nosocomial Infections [with Discussion]

Review of current methods of surveillance for nosocomial infection indicates that prospective surveillance of patients on a daily basis is the most accurate and valid method. In this paper, we detail such a method. Samples of hospitalized patients for surveillance are based on a fixed period of... Full description

1st Person: Tager, Ira B.
Additional Persons: Simchen, Elisheva verfasserin; Faich, Gerald A. verfasserin
Source: in Reviews of infectious diseases : medical microbiology, clinical immunology, epidemiology : official publ. of the Infectious Diseases Society of America Vol. 3, No. 4 (1981), p. 683-700
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Type of Publication: Article
Language: English
Published: 1981
Keywords: research-article
Online: Volltext
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Summary: Review of current methods of surveillance for nosocomial infection indicates that prospective surveillance of patients on a daily basis is the most accurate and valid method. In this paper, we detail such a method. Samples of hospitalized patients for surveillance are based on a fixed period of observation in each patient-care area. Data are collected on a detailed, standardized daily log that emphasizes the recording of primary clinical data. Such a system is practical and is acceptable to infection control practitioners. Representative samples of patients are obtained. The utility of such a system for identifying preventable risk factors for the development and evaluation of programs of prevention is being tested in 12 acute-care hospitals in Rhode Island.
Item Description: Copyright: Copyright 1981 The University of Chicago
Physical Description: Online-Ressource
ISSN: 0162-0886

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