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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 36  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 18-25

Changing panorama for surveillance of device-associated healthcare infections: Challenges faced in implementation of current guidelines

1 Department of Microbiology, Institute of Human Behavior and Allied Sciences, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Neuro Psychopharmacology, Institute of Human Behavior and Allied Sciences, New Delhi, India
3 Department of Microbiology, Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Renu Gupta
Department of Microbiology, Institute of Human Behavior and Allied Sciences, Dilshad Garden, New Delhi
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijmm.IJMM_18_50

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Healthcare-associated infections (HAI) are preventable in up to 30% of patients with evidence-based infection prevention and control (IPC) activities. IPC activities require effective surveillance to generate data for the HAI rates, defining priority areas, identifying processes amenable for improvement and institute interventions to improve patient's safety. However, uniform, accurate and standardised surveillance methodology using objective definitions can only generate meaningful data for effective execution of IPC activities. The highly exhaustive, complex and ever-evolving infection surveillance methodology pose a challenge for effective data capture, analysis and interpretation by ground level personnel. The present review addresses the gaps in knowledge and day-to-day challenges in surveillance faced by infection control team for effective implementation of IPC activities.


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