A Point Prevalence Study of Healthcare Associated Urinary Tract Infections in Australian Acute and Aged Care Faciltiies

Brett G. Mitchell, Avondale College of Higher Education
Oyebola Fasugba, Australian Catholic University
Wendy Beckingham, ACT Health
Noleen Bennett, Victorian Healthcare Associated Infection Surveillance System Coordinating Centre
Anne Gardner, Australian Catholic University

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Surveillance of healthcare associated urinary tract infections (HAUTIs) in Australian acute and aged care facilities is lacking. Therefore, to provide the foundation for a national point prevalence study of HAUTIs and catheter associated urinary tract infection (CAUTIs), a three phase project was developed with recent completion of the second phase. The objectives of Phase II were to (1) develop a website incorporating tools for conducting point prevalence of HAUTIs and CAUTIs, (2) pilot an online process and database for conducting point prevalence of HAUTIs and CAUTIs and (3) determine the point prevalence of HAUTIs and CAUTIs in acute and aged care facilities. This paper reports on the third objective.