The UK’s Health Protection Agency (HPA) has published the results of the fourth HCAI Point Prevalence Survey.
The report provides a snapshot of the levels of healthcare-associated infections (HCAI) in Autumn 2011.
Compared with the previous HCAI PPS survey carried out in 2006, there was an overall drop in HCAI prevalence from 8.2% in 2006 to 6.4% in 2011.
Results from this year’s survey showed that:
- A total of 3,360 patients were diagnosed with an active HCAI with 135 patients having more than one.
- Overall 6.4% of people in hospital had an HCAI.
- The most common types of HCAI were respiratory (including pneumonia and infections of the lower respiratory tract) (22.8%), urinary tract infections (UTI) (17.2%), and surgical site infections (15.7%).
- The prevalence of HCAI was highest in those patients aged 1-23 months at 8.2% followed by patients aged 65-79 years of age at 7.4%. This reflects the vulnerability for HCAI at the extremes of age.
- When comparing ward specialties, HCAI prevalence was highest in patients in intensive care units (ICUs) at 23.4% followed by surgical wards at 8%. These figures also reflect that the highest rates of infection occur in those patients who have devices or have had procedures performed.
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