Surveillance of nosocomial infections by computer analysis of positive culture rats

R. B. Schifman, R. A. Palmer

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Abstract

We describe a surveillance method that identifies excessive rates of positive cultures based on patient location, culture site, and organism identification. During a 6-month period, this surveillance method, coupled with epidemiological investigations, identified 19 small clusters of cross-infections and three small outbreaks of intravenous catheter-related bacteremias. These infections was associated with apparent breakdown in proper technique. Concurrent, standard surveillance activities identified only three of these problems. These results demonstrate that computer analysis of positive culture rates is a sensitive and time-efficient method for detecting potentially preventable nosocomial infections.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)493-495
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of clinical microbiology
Volume21
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)

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