The Use of Clinical Coding Data for the Surveillance of Healthcare-Associated Urinary Tract Infections in Australia

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Mitchell, B. G., & Ferguson, J. K. (2016). The use of clinical coding data for the surveillance of healthcare-associated urinary tract infections in Australia. Infection, Disease and Health, 21(1), 32-35. doi: 10.1016/j.idh.2016.03.002

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Infection Control

Partner/Funding Body: ACIPC (Australian College of Infection Prevention Control)

Avondale Researchers: A/Prof Brett Mitchell

Other researchers: JF Ferguson (Hunter New England Health District)

Year Awarded: 2014

This project explored the burden of urinary tract infections in eight Australian hospitals. The project involved hospitals from the Hunter New England Health District and over 150, 000 patient admission over four years. We were able to, for the first time using appropriate methods, able to determine the effect this infection has on mortality and extra length of stay in hospital. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.

Rate of Impact

3 High Impact

Details of Project

Given the trends in antimicrobial resistance, particularly for Gram-negative organisms, the surveillance of urinary tract infections (UTIs) has the potential to become increasingly important in the future. Whilst considering accuracy and efficiency, we undertook a cohort study in a large Australian health district to inform future discussions around surveillance approaches to healthcare-associated UTIs (HAUTI).


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