Point Prevalence Survey of Hospital-Acquired Infections & Antimicrobial Use in European Acute Care Hospitals 2017

Irish hospitals have been invited to participate in the voluntary European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) point prevalence survey (PPS) of hospital acquired infections (HAI) and antimicrobial use. The PPS is coordinated in Ireland by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) and is being carried out across all of the European Union Member States.

The survey is being done for the following reasons:

1. To count the number of patients with a hospital-acquired infection (HAI) and describe the types of HAI most commonly encountered in Irish hospitals.

2. To count the number of patients prescribed antimicrobials and describe the types of antimicrobials being used in Irish hospitals.

3. To provide the Irish Government, Department of Health, Health Service Executive, the managers, doctors and nurses in all of the participating hospitals, with information about HAI and antimicrobial prescribing practices in Irish hospitals in 2017 and to compare findings with those of the last PPS performed in 2012. This information is important to plan future ways to reduce the numbers of patients who get HAI and to improve antimicrobial prescribing practices.

4. To provide members of the public with more information about HAI in Ireland and which types of infections are most commonly seen in Irish hospitals.

5. To contribute information from Ireland on HAI and antimicrobial prescribing to the overall European survey report, which is expected to be published in 2018.

Previous surveys were carried out in 2012 and 2006.