The Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) surveillance is an ongoing, systematic collection, analysis, and interpretation of healthcare infection data essential to the planning, implementation, and evaluation of practice in healthcare infection prevention and control, closely integrated with the timely dissemination of these data to those who need to know.
Purposes of surveillance:
Essential elements of surveillance:
In this context an European-wide surveillance networks has an added value to the Member States by strengthening and supporting the national surveillance systems and by coordinating the harmonisation of EU-wide surveillance so that comparable data between countries will be available.
The ECDC and the competent bodies for surveillance have developed the objectives for the future surveillance at the European Union level. Objectives are formulated with respect to general surveillance, as well as disease specific surveillance and have been agreed by all the Member States. These objectives serve to guide the discussion on the future plans and development of each of the disease specific surveillance networks in the European Union.
Area 3. Surveillance and investigation of healthcare associated infection (HAI)
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CDC Outline For Healthcare-Associated Infections Surveillance, 2006
ECDC. Surveillance of communicable diseases in the European Union. A long-term strategy 2008-2013