Data management for infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship

Trent Yarwood 1

Infectious Diseases Physician, Cairns And Hinterland Hospital And Health Service, Cairns, QLD, Australia

 

Introduction

Infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship activities generate a large amount of data – rates of hand hygiene, isolation of multiresistant organisms and information about quantity and quality of antimicrobial use.
Collected data by itself does not result in improved patient outcomes; it may not even be useful to inform the practice of infection control practitioners or infectious diseases physicians, unless it first undergoes data entry, but then even more importantly is analysed. Providing feedback on the data to clinicians and to hospital administrators may improve staff awareness of infection prevention activities and draw attention to issues of concern to the infection prevention team

This presentation will highlight some of the ways that infection control teams can make their collected data more accessible both to the team, but also to a broader audience in and outside their facility. It will look at some of the tools available for collating and analysing the data, and for turning it into useful tools for tracking infection-related outcomes. It will also discuss the potential impact of the open data movement on infection prevention.

Conclusions

An increasing amount of data has been matched by an increase in tools which can be used to manage it; infection control teams should increase their awareness to improve engagement, and ultimately, patient outcomes.

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