This New South Wales (NSW) Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) Clinical Indicator Manual outlines the minimum level of HAI surveillance that NSW public healthcare organisations (PHO) providing acute care services are to undertake. The Manual was developed in consultation with NSW local health districts (LHDs) and specialty health networks (SHNs) to provide healthcare facilities with a framework to conduct HAI surveillance activities in key areas of increased risk.
The goals of NSW HAI Surveillance are to:
- Ensure appropriate clinical indicators are collected and reported in keeping with national and international recommendations
- Ensure all NSW public healthcare organisations use standardised definitions and methodology
- Ensure the data is valid and robust.
All facilities are expected to review their own data to identify issues and act on these in a timely manner.
The NSW HAI Clinical Indicator Manual contains the technical information to allow standardised definitions and methodology for surveillance personnel who are collecting and reporting data to the NSW Ministry of Health.
Practices recommended in this manual are based on the expectation that PHOs have at least basic infection prevention and control systems in place and adequate resources for surveillance, data collection, analysis and reporting.
To enable the CEC to better understand issues identified during the implementation of the Manual, this issues log has been developed for you to provide your feedback and suggestions on how the issue can be resolved. We welcome feedback on issues related to interpretation, collection, investigation, reporting and validation of the HAI Clinical Indicators. We will monitor the issues log regularly. Please click here.
Tools to support implementation