Archive: February 4, 2021
Patients should never have to worry about getting an infection while in hospital. Yet every year, many hospitalized Canadians continue to acquire an infection during their hospital stay. Viral respiratory infections (VRI) cause increased morbidity and mortality in both adult and pediatric healthcare settings. The emergence of SARS, avian influenza, novel H1N1 influenza, MERS-CoV and, recently, COVID-19 have underlined the need for data to inform infection prevention and control practices for respiratory pathogens in healthcare settings. A hospital's ability to prevent nosocomial transmission of COVID-19 and other VRI, is dependent upon their ability to track VRI in both the community and in healthcare settings. The Canadian Nosocomial Infection Surveillance Program (CNISP) is a system that tracks VRI and other infection among adults and pediatric patients in Canadian hospitals.
- Provided an overview of the CNISP COVID-19 surveillance protocol and definitions
- Presented key findings to date of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in CNISP hospitals
- Provided participants an opportunity to hear from participating CNISP hospitals regarding their experience in using the protocol for collecting and reporting COVID-19 surveillance data
- Provided an opportunity for hospitals who do not participate in the CNSIP to learn about the protocol and ask questions of CNISP staff and participants.