ECDC point prevalence survey (PPS) of healthcare-associated infections (HAI) and antimicrobial use (AU) in acute care hospitals is a surveillance based on a prevalence methodology that has the following objectives:
1. to estimate the total burden (prevalence) of HAI and antimicrobial use (AU) in acute care hospitals in the European Union;
2. to describe patients, invasive procedures, infections (sites, microorganisms including markers for antimicrobial resistance) and prescribed antimicrobials (compounds, indications):
3. to disseminate results to those who need to know at local, regional, national and EU level in order:
4. to provide a standardised tool for hospitals to identify targets for quality improvement.
It provides a protocol “Point prevalence survey of healthcare associated infections and antimicrobial use in European acute care hospitals” for a standardized methodology.
Link to European IC/HH Core Competencies
Area 3. Surveillance and investigation of healthcare associated infection (HAI)