National Point Prevalence Survey of Healthcare Associated Infection and Antimicrobial Prescribing 2016

Shona Cairns, Cheryl Gibbons, Aynsley Hay, Hazel King, Melissa Llano, Laura MacDonald, William Malcolm, Chris Robertson, Jacqueline Sneddon, Jennifer Weir, Jacqui Reilly

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


The significant burden of healthcare associated infection (HAI) is affecting one patient in every ward in every hospital across Scotland, according to the 2016 Point Prevalence Survey of HAI and Antimicrobial use.

The National Point Prevalence Survey (PPS), indicates that the current prevalence of HAI in acute hospitals is 4.5%, which, while significantly lower than five years ago, still represents one in 22 patients at any one time, or 55,500 infections every year.

There has also been significant improvement in practice in the prescribing agenda in Scotland in recent years, although antibiotic prescribing in hospitals was found to be significantly higher than five years ago, which has serious implications for the threat of antibiotic resistance.

The report demonstrates that healthcare associated infections remain a public health threat across all care settings. Health Protection Scotland is developing national programmes to tackle these new threats and working with NHS colleagues to preserve antibiotics for future use.

Infographics to accompany the Executive Summary and highlight key topics within the PPS report are available to download.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationGlasgow
PublisherHealth Protection Scotland
Commissioning bodyHealth Protection Scotland
Number of pages144
Publication statusPublished - 23 May 2017


  • healthcare associated infection (HAI)
  • Scotland
  • National Point Prevalence Survey (PPS)
  • antimicrobial use


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