Healthcare associated infections and surveillance

Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI)

HAIs occur as a result of healthcare interventions. Prevention of HAIs is at the heart of patient safety and is the responsibility not just of infection prevention and control professionals, but of all who provide care to patients or make decisions about healthcare systems. It is increasingly recognised that many HAIs are preventable adverse events rather than an inevitable complication of medical care.  The impact of HAIs ranges from mild to devastating. They cause patients pain and suffering, prolong hospital stays and can cause significant morbidity and mortality. They also utilise significant human and financial resources for healthcare facilities.

Surveillance

The Healthcare Associated Infection Surveillance Western Australia (HISWA) was established as a voluntary program for both private and public healthcare facilities. In 2007, the Director General mandated the collection of key HAIs for all public hospitals and those private facilities contracted to provide care to public patients.
The HISWA program is managed by the Healthcare Associated Infection Unit (HAIU) within the Public Health Division of WA Health.

Validation of data

HISWA serves to enhance the value of surveillance by providing high quality comparative data. For comparisons to be valid the data collection methods used by participating hospitals must be similar and definitions of infection consistently applied. Participation in HISWA requires active, prospective surveillance which is patient-based.

More information

Healthcare Associated Infection Unit
Street address:
Grace Vaughan House
227 Stubbs Terrace
SHENTON PARK WA 6008

Phone: Program Manager 9388 4859
Infection Control Nurse 9388 4808
Program Officer 9388 4866
Email: hiswa@health.wa.gov.au

Postal address:
Communicable Disease Control Directorate
Department of Health
PO Box 8172
Perth Business Centre
Perth WA 6849
Last reviewed: 01-08-2016
Last updated: 13-04-2017
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