The “Point prevalence survey of healthcare associated infections and antimicrobial use in European acute care hospitals” protocol adopts the following definition of Bone and Joint Infection (BJ):
Osteomyelitis must meet at least one of the following criteria:
and at least one of the following:
A mediastinitis that follows cardiac surgery and that is accompanied by osteomyelitis must be reported as surgical site infection-organ/space (SSI-O).
BJ-JNT: joint or bursa.
Joint or bursa infections must meet at least one of the following criteria:
BJ-DISC: disc space infection.
Vertebral disc space infection must meet at least one of the following criteria:
Link to European IC/HH Core Competencies
Area 3. Surveillance and investigation of healthcare associated infection (HAI)