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Evaluating the use of surveillance data in the PREZIES hospitals

Evaluatie van gebruik van surveillancegegevens binnen de PREZIES-ziekenhuizen

Synopsis

The objectives were to evaluate the use of surveillance results in hospitals participating in the PREZIES project. Methods: a questionnaire to determine distribution and use of surveillance results, influence on policy and/or decisions on infection prevention. From the 48 contacts asked to complete the questionnaire, 79% responded. The results of the surveillance carried out in one's own hosptital were (partly) distributed in practically all cases to infection committee and to surgeons, as well as, in most cases, to nursing units and management. In comparison with the other PREZIES hospitals, the questionnaire was distributed in almost every case to the infection committee and surgeons, and less often to nursing units and management. The report on results was used in half the hospitals to provide information and, according to the contacts in all the hospitals, contributed to more awareness on infection prevention. In almost half the hospitals the results led to an intervention measure. A number of contacts in these hospitals stated that the measure led to decreased surgical site infections. In many hospitals, the time following the introduction of the intervention measure was too short to be able to assess the effect. In more than half the hospitals the surveillance supported the policy and/or decisions on infection prevention. Eighty-four per cent of the hospitals were pleased with the PREZIES project in its current form, and 89% wish to continue their participation in the national surveillance.
 

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