International Nosocomial Infection Control Consortium (INICC) resources: INICC multidimensional approach and INICC surveillance online system

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Abstract

Background:

The International Nosocomial Infection Control Consortium (INICC) is an international, nonprofit, multicentric health care–associated infection (HAI) cohort surveillance network with a methodology based on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Healthcare Safety Network (CDC-NHSN). The INICC was founded in 1998 to promote evidence-based infection control in limited-resource countries through the analysis of surveillance data collected by their affiliated hospitals. The INICC is comprised of >3,000-affiliated infection control professionals from 1,000 hospitals in 67 countries and is the only source of aggregate standardized international data on HAI epidemiology. Having published reports on device-associated (DA) HAI (HAI) and surgical site infections (SSIs) from 43 countries and several reports per individual country, the INICC showed DA HAI and SSI rates in limited-resources countries are 3-5 times higher than in high-income countries.

Methods:

The INICC developed the INICC Multidimensional Approach (IMA) for HAI prevention with 6 components, bundles with 7-13 elements, and the INICC Surveillance Online System (ISOS) with 15 modules.

Resources:

In this article the IMA, the ISOS for outcome surveillance of HAIs and process surveillance of bundles to prevent HAIs, and the use of surveillance data feedback are described.

Comments:

Remarkable features of the IMA and ISOS are INICC's applying of the latest published CDC-NHSN HAI definitions, including their updates and revisions in 2008, 2013, 2015 and 2016; INICC's informatics system to check accuracy of fulfillment of CDC-NHSN HAI criteria; and INICC's system to check compliance with each bundle element.

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