Infection surveillance

The Hirslanden Private Hospital Group uses two different methods to assess infections. The Hospital Infection Surveillance System (HISS) is used in ICUs, whilst SwissNoso is used on general wards. As the largest database on nosocomial infections in the world, HISS offers the best possible opportunities for comparison. Meanwhile, SwissNoso offers a national benchmark.

Device­associated infections in the intensive care unit includes the number of septic conditions associated with central venous catheters, the number of urinary tract infections in connection with urinary catheters, and the number of cases of pneumonia in connection with mechanical ventilation.

As a result of a change in definition by the German National Reference Center for Surveillance of Nosocomial Infections (NRZ), pneumonia and bronchitis, urinary tract infections and sepsis will be measured with and without devices from 2017. In order to monitor infections, hygiene inspections are made twice a year at all Hirslanden hospitals by the German Consulting Centre for Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control (BZH) based in Freiburg im Breisgau.

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      Catheter-associated sepsis,

      data 2016

      AA BS ST IP CC HI SH Total
      Number of user days
      1980 3294 908 1428 1031 4665 565 13871
      Number of cases with sepsis
      0 1 2 0 1 0 2 6
      Infection rate
      0.00 0.30 2.20 0.00 0.97 0.00 3.54 0.43
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          Urinary catheter­associated infection,

           

          data 2016

          AA BS ST IP CC HI SH Total
          Number of user days
          2244 3373 1311 1520 1011 5190 1070 15719
          Number of cases of urinary tract infection
          1 1 1 1 0 3 0 7
          Infection rate
          0.45 0.30 0.76 0.66 0.00 0.58 0.00 0.45
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              Ventilator-­associated pneumonia,

               

              data 2016

              AA BS ST IP CC HI SH Total
              Number of user days
              967 909 166 586 108 1523 55 4314
              Number of cases of pneumonia
              1 4 0 4 2 2 0 13
              Infection rate
              1.03 4.40 0.00 6.83 18.52 1.31 0.00 3.01