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  • March-09-17

    From April 1st, 2013, to March 31st, 2014, 44 hemodialysis units took part in the surveillance of vascular access–related bloodstream infections (VARBSIs) in hemodialysis (HD) patients, for a combined total of 54,878 patient-periods (Table 1). Participating units reported 157 VARBSIs in 149 patients. Patient-periods involving a fistula accounted for 44.9% of patient-periods. The VARBSI incidence rate was 0.10 cases per 100 patient-periods for patients with an arteriovenous (AV) fistula, 0.22 for patients with a synthetic fistula (graft), 0.38 for patients with a permanent catheter and 6.20 for patients with a temporary catheter. In 2013-2014, incidence rates were stable for patients with a graft and for patients with a temporary catheter compared to 2009-2013, while incidence rates decreased significantly for patients with an AV fistula as well as patients with a permanent catheter. In 2013-2014, three HD units opened up and joined the program; one HD unit...

  • March-09-17

    From April 1st, 2013, to March 31st, 2014, 77 healthcare facilities took part on a voluntary basis in the hospital-wide surveillance of bloodstream infections (BSIs), for a combined total of 4,149,763 patient-days (Table 1). Participating facilities reported 2,689 BSIs in 2,495 patients. The total incidence rate was 5.4 cases per 10,000 patient-days. The incidence rate in 2013-2014 was significantly lower compared with the average rate for 2009-2013 in facilities that took part in both surveillance periods. Two teaching and 11 non-teaching facilities that were not included in the 2012-2013 study joined the program in 2013-2014. Data was extracted on May 15th, 2014. 

  • March-08-17

    From April 1st, 2013, to March 31st, 2014, 70 intensive care units (ICUs) took part in surveillance of central line–associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs), for a combined total of 132,376 catheter-days (Table 1). Participating ICUs reported 165 CLABSIs in 149 patients. Incidence rates were 0.65 per 1,000 catheter-days in coronary ICUs, 0.71 in teaching adult ICUs, 0.77 in non-teaching adult ICUs, 2.48 in pediatric ICUs and 4.01 in neonatal ICUs. The incidence rates in 2013‑2014 were lower compared to 2009-2013 in teaching and non-teaching adult ICUs as well as in neonatal ICUs while pediatric and coronary ICUs pooled mean rates remained statistically stable. Compared to 2012-2013, two adult non-teaching ICUs with less than 10 beds and a neonatal ICU joined the program and none discontinued their participation. Data were extracted on May 15, 2014.