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The prevalence survey as an infection surveillance method in an acute and long-term care institution


, : The prevalence survey as an infection surveillance method in an acute and long-term care institution. American Journal of Infection Control 9(3): 76-81

A point prevalence survey of infections was done in 22 patients areas at the Albany VA Medical Center between September 17 and 28, 1979. The study was designed by a consultant epidemiologist, two infectious disease physicians, a biostatistician, two infection control nurses, a microbiologist, and a clinical pharmacist. A 16-page worksheet was designed for rapid and complete data collection, with computer codes and programming cross references incorporated. A total of 572 patients were seen and evaluated for signs and symptoms of infection; cultures were taken if indicated, and charts were reviewed. Urine cultures were obtained in 95% of patients. Data available for analysis will allow for a description of the characteristics of the patient population, identification of the most prevalent sites of infection and causative organisms, an analysis of antimicrobial agent use, and a description of the risk factors and their interactions that may influence the acquisition of infection.

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