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Surveillance

Nizam Damani

in Manual of Infection Prevention and Control

Third edition

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199698356
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191732126 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199698356.003.0003
Surveillance

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Surveillance is the systematic collection, analysis, and interpretation of data on specific events/infections and disease, followed by dissemination of that information to those who can improve the outcomes. Surveillance of health care-associated infections (HCAIs) is the foundation for organizing, implementing, and maintaining an effective infection prevention and control programme in the health care facility. This chapter discusses the objectives of surveillance, incidence of various HCAIs, definitions of HCAIs, data collection for surveillance, methods of surveillance, types of surveillance, and lessons from the airline industry.

Keywords: health care-associated infections; infection prevention; infection control programme; data collection; airline industry

Chapter.  3546 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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