Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are a recognized public health problem worldwide. Point prevalence surveys (PPSs) can be used to measure the burden of all HAI types. A national rolling PPS in National Health Service (NHS) acute, NHS non-acute, NHS paediatric and independent hospitals was carried out during September and October 2011 using the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control protocol designed for the European PPS. The prevalence of HAI and distribution of HAI types were measured and the results compared with the first Scottish national HAI point prevalence survey of 2005/2006.
- healthcare-associated infections
- National Health Service