This report represents a significant achievement by Health Protection Scotland (HPS), the Scottish Intensive Care Society Audit Group (SICSAG) and the Scottish Critical Care clinical workforce. It is a report of Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) surveillance in Scotland’s entire general adult Intensive Care Unit (ICU) population.
Surveillance data relating to central venous catheter-related infection (CRI), central venous catheter-related bloodstream infection (CR-BSI), pneumonia (PN) and bloodstream infection (BSI) were collected in accordance with the Hospitals in Europe Link for Infection Control through Surveillance (HELICS) methodology.
Data from 5284 patients admitted to 23 Scottish Intensive Care Units (one neurological and all adult general ICUs) were collected and a total of 348 infections were reported from 295 (5.6%) patients.
The findings presented in this report are consistent with the data presented from the pilot study published earlier this year and the data published by the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC).
As the data set matures it is anticipated that risk factor analysis for HAI will be carried out in order that preventive strategies can be further developed.