The Centre for Healthcare Related Infection Surveillance and Prevention recommends that a different approach to surveillance be adopted for small to medium sized in-patient facilties, as continuous large-scale surveillance and statistical analysis of trends is not possible due to the infrequency of events in these facilities.
Signal Infection Surveillance (SIS) methodology has been specifically developed to provide a framework within which to investigate healthcare associated infections and identify potential systemic issues requiring improvement. SIS is practical and based on sound epidemiological and statistical principles. The process requires collaboration with clinicians, alignment with quality management systems and the full support of the organisation to ensure positive outcomes for patients and the facility.
The following events or 'signals' are included in the surveillance framework:
The following webcast is available to Queensland Health intranet users only. They cannot be accessed externally.
The Signal Infection Surveillance webcast presented by Leona Burke, Epidemiologist, CHRISP and Fiona Fullerton, Nursing Director, CHRISP is an introduction to Signal Site Infection Surveillance for those staff who have responsibility for investigating signals in small and medium sized Queensland Health Facilities. It provides information on the importance of investigating infections, reviewing clinical practice and interventions to improve patient outcomes.
[Duration: 11 mins]