The new Aged Care Quality standards require that data is used to monitor infections and resolution rates and the effectiveness of the infection prevention and control program.
Facilities need to be able to provide evidence-based surveillance reports, trended data with quality and risk interpretation of data.
iMonitor is a simple to use tool that will first determine if an infection is present. You can only record infections as defined using the McGeer definitions. It automatically calculates the bed days and can provide several surveillance reports.
Surveillance can be reported on an area by area basis, and or a Facility or Group basis. The information can report on trends over time at the facility or the Group.
It is simple to use, and it will only record infections that meet the definitions. Can be used 24/7 on any device and is web-based.
Bug Control will provide training and support on an ongoing basis and on how to interpret the data to identify and manage risks.
Surveillance is the active, ongoing observance of the occurrence of infections within the facility. Surveillance data on the healthcare-associated infection is to be reported to the highest management level regularly. The four functions of surveillance are:
- Collection of relative data
- Consolidation of collected data
- Evaluation of the significance of data
- Dissemination of information with a feedback mechanism e.g. to clinicians, to enable practice and quality improvements
The purpose of Infection Prevention and Control surveillance is:
- to provide medical and nursing staff with meaningful data concerning the level of healthcare-associated infection within the facility.
- to determine baseline information about the frequency and type of healthcare associated infections to rapidly identify deviations from the baseline.
This information is used by management and the relevant committee to determine:
- where further investigation and review may need to be performed
- control measures – long-term and emergency
- policy decisions
- to provide a basis for evaluating effects of new control measures or policies
- to provide the care recipient and personnel with all possible protection from the development of healthcare-associated infections.
Information that is collected on a regular basis, tabulated and analysed should provide the means for reviewing and enforcing standards of the program for prevention or control of infections in each facility.
Surveillance reporting is valuable for:
- specific purpose when it may be necessary to gain insight into one particular infection problem, in one or more areas where investigation may need to be performed.
- general purpose to gain a meaningful picture of infections in the total facility environment.