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England PPS Study

England Point Prevalence Survey (PPS)

It is reported that on any given day, approximately 80 000 patients have at least one healthcare-associated infection (HAI), i.e. one in 18 patients in a European hospital (ECDC).

ECDC’s point prevalence survey (PPS) of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and antimicrobial use is the largest survey of its kind ever performed in Europe (with more than 1 000 hospitals in 33 countries). In England this survey was commissioned by PHE . The survey was conducted from 2011-2012. The survey confirms that HAIs represent a major public health problem. The final report was published in 2016.

One of the major findings of this report was the higher prevalence of HAI in ITU’s across Europe:

“The prevalence of HAIs varied from 4.8% (median HAI prevalence 3.9%, IQR 1.9–6.1%) in primary hospitals to 7.2% (median HAI prevalence 6.9% IQR 4.0–9.7%) in tertiary hospitals. HAI prevalence was highest in patients admitted to ICU, where 19.5% patients had at least one HAI compared with 5.2% on average for all other specialties combined.”


FICM ICCQIP:https://www.ficm.ac.uk/ICCQIP