Scottish Surveillance of Healthcare Associated Infection Programme (SSHAIP)

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HAI Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Surveillance


Two acute paediatric hospitals agreed to take part in a pilot of the methodology during the RSV season i.e. 1st November 2002 to 31st March 2003. The study design was prospective cohort surveillance and data were collected on each nosocomial RSV case along with details of throughput data and details of the level of community acquired RSV admissions to each clinical area in the study.

The project compared the "incidence density per 1000 at-risk days", where an "at risk day" was defined as "a day in which a patient who is negative for RSV is in the same ward as a positive patient". This measure has been shown to be a good marker of cross infection and to provide reliable feedback on the effectiveness of infection control measures.

The protocol and study were designed and reviewed by the Paediatric HAI Surveillance Working Group.

Working Group Membership

  • Dr Rosie Hague, Consultant Infectious Diseases, RHSC, Yorkhill
  • Dr Alison Balfour, Consultant Microbiologist, RHSC, Yorkhill
  • Dr Ian Gould, Consultant Microbiologist, Aberdeen Childrens Hospital
  • Dr Pota Kalima, Consultant Microbiologist, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh
  • Dr Peter Mackie, Clinical Scientist, RHSC, Yorkhill
  • Mrs Pamela Joannidis, Infection Control, RHSC, Yorkhill
  • Dr Nick Hallam, Consultant Virologist, Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, Little France, Edinburgh
  • Ms Audrey Mackenzie, Infection Control, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh
  • Mrs Angela Johnson, Infection Control, RHSC, Yorkhill
  • Mr Robert Hill, Epidemiologist, HPS