A healthcare-associated infection (HAI) is an infection that is acquired during the delivery of health care. Prevention and control of these infections in hospitals is a priority for Nova Scotia and is key to keeping patients safe.
Beginning in May 2013, the Department of Health and Wellness (DHW) and District Health Authorities/IWK Health Centre will publicly report two patient safety indicators in accordance with the Patient Safety Act. These include rates of healthcare-associated Clostridium difficile infection and hand hygiene adherence rates in acute care facilities.
The following protocols for use by the Districts/IWK provide a standardized process for collection and reporting:
- Protocol for Hand Hygiene Adherence Monitoring in Nova Scotia
- Protocol for Healthcare-associated Clostridium difficile Infection Surveillance in Nova Scotia (acute care facilities)