Internal and External Validation of a Computer-Assisted Surveillance System for Hospital-Acquired Infections in a 754-Bed General Hospital in the Netherlands

Roel Streefkerk, IO Lede, JLV Eriksson, MG Meijling, CP van der Hoeven, JC Wille, TEM Hopmans, AW Friedrich, Henri Verbrugh, N al Naiemi

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OBJECTIVE. To evaluate a computer-assisted point-prevalence survey (CAPPS) for hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). DESIGN. Validation cohort. SETTING. A 754-bed teaching hospital in the Netherlands. METHODS. For the internal validation of a CAPPS for HAIs, 2,526 patients were included. All patient records were retrospectively reviewed in depth by 2 infection control practitioners (ICPs) to determine which patients had suffered an HAI. Preventie van Ziekenhuisinfecties door Surveillance (PREZIES) criteria were used. Following this internal validation, 13 consecutive CAPPS were performed in a prospective study from January to March 2013 to determine weekly, monthly, and quarterly HAI point prevalence. Finally, a CAPPS was externally validated by PREZIES (Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu [RIVM], Bilthoven, Netherlands). In all evaluations, discrepancies were resolved by consensus. RESULTS. In our series of CAPPS, 83% of the patients were automatically excluded from detailed review by the ICP. The sensitivity of the method was 91%. The time spent per hospital-wide CAPPS was similar to 3 hours. External validation showed a negative predictive value of 99.1% for CAPPS. CONCLUSIONS. CAPPS proved to be a sensitive, accurate, and efficient method to determine serial weekly point-prevalence HAI rates in our hospital.
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Pages (from-to)1355-1360
Number of pages6
JournalInfection Control & Hospital Epidemiology
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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