Health Department Letter (2001)57 requires that trusts undertake surveillance of HAI. The national HAI Surveillance Steering Group developed a working group to oversee development of HAI surveillance in paediatrics. Surveillance of RSV was the first programme of surveillance focussed upon in recognition of the fact that it is the most common respiratory pathogen in infants and young children affecting nearly all children by the age of two years. The very young and those with predisposing conditions are most at risk from complications and nosocomial outbreaks in paediatric units can be a major problem.
The objectives of the project
- To monitor trends in the incidence of RSV
- To examine the feasibility of the methods proposed in this pilot study for national RSV surveillance in Scotland.