Healthcare-Associated Infections Provincial Surveillance Program: Highlights, Discussions and Orientations 2014–2015
The Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ) [Québec’s public health institute] has been mandated by the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS) [Québec’s ministry of health and social services] to oversee the provincial surveillance of healthcare-associated (HA) infections. The Comité sur les infections nosocomiales du Québec (CINQ) [Québec healthcare-associated infections committee] and the Comité de surveillance provinciale des infections nosocomiales (SPIN) [Provincial committee for surveillance of healthcare-associated infections] have set up a structured surveillance program to support public health administrations and local infection prevention and control teams in general as well as specialized acute healthcare facilities.
The data for 2014–2015 were retrieved on May 20, 2015, and updated on June 1, 2015, for complications. For Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections (BSIs), the data were retrieved on August 25, 2015. Surveillance results are available on the INSPQ website. Given the dynamic and continuous nature of the surveillance system, surveillance data are updated on an annual basis for analysis purposes.
The 2014–2015 highlights, discussions and orientations have been drafted by our SPIN committee experts based on this year’s findings. The document was then made public following approval by the CINQ and MSSS.