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)
You can find the results for healthcare-associated Clostridium difficile infection and hand hygiene adherence rates in acute care facilities on the Public Reporting of Patient Safety Indicators webpage. The results can be viewed by district or for the entire province.