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The role of surveillance in preventing healthcare-associated infections

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  • Peer reviewed
  • Certificate
  • Learning time: 02 hrs
  • Last updated: 2019
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This learning module examines how surveillance can be used as a tool to prevent healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs). It discusses relevant epidemiological terms, provides an overview of approaches to surveillance and looks at the importance of validation. By definition, the term 'infection prevention' implies that HCAIs are preventable. This module explores what data that can be used in an effective monitoring and alert system to reduce the incidence of preventable infections.


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Brett G Mitchell, Professor of nursing, Avondale College for Higher Education, Wahroonga, Australia.
Philip L Russo, Associate professor of nursing, Monash University and Cabrini Health, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

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