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Impact of quality improvement process on healthcare-associated infection in the ICU in a tertiary care hospital in India
© BioMed Central Ltd. 2010
- Published: 1 March 2010
- Urinary Tract Infection
- Hand Hygiene
- Tertiary Care Hospital
- Average Compliance
- Continuous Surveillance
Healthcare-associated infection (HCAI) has a significant contribution to mortality, morbidity and cost of treatment in critically ill patients. The objective of this study was to conduct a process (quality improvement) and outcome (pre and post implementation) surveillance, HCAI being taken as the major variable.
This was a prospective observational study carried out from June 2005 to September 2009. Process implementation was started from May 2006 and included compliance with hand hygiene, urinary catheter care, central line care and VAP bundle. HCAI rates were recorded prospectively every month from June 2005. We recorded the rates of central line-related bloodstream infection (CLI), catheter-associated urinary tract infection (UTI), hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP) and ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) per 1,000 device-days as per CDC-NNIS definition [1, 2].
Implementation and continuous surveillance of the QI process improved nosocomial HCAI in our hospital.
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