EuroNHID checklists for the assessment of high-level isolation units and referral centres for highly infectious diseases: Results from the pilot phase of a European survey

F. M. Fusco, S. Schilling, V. Puro, H. R. Brodt, P. Follin, B. Jarhall, B. Bannister, H. C. Maltezou, G. Thomson, P. Brouqui, G. Ippolito, O. Adrami, Michael Borg, R. Gottschalk, R. Hemmer, A. Horban, M. Kojouharova, C. Perronne, J. Lambert, H. SiikamäkiP. Skinhoj, F. Strle, A. Trilla, N. Vetter

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Abstract

Healthcare settings have been identified as preferential for the transmission of many agents causing highly infectious diseases (HIDs). Infection control procedures strongly reduce the risk of transmission of HIDs in hospital settings, when adequately applied. The main objective of the European Network for Highly Infectious Diseases (EuroNHID), a network co-funded by the European Commission, is to assess the current capabilities for dealing with HIDs in Europe, specifically in the context of infection control and healthcare worker (HCW) safety, through conducting an on-the-field survey of high-level isolation units (HLIUs)/ referral centres for the management of HIDs in participating countries. During the first year of the project's activities, specifically designed, evidence-based checklists were developed. This review introduces the EuroNHID checklists as a standard tool for the assessment of hospital capabilities concerning infection control and HCW safety in the management of patients with HIDs, and presents preliminary results from five HLIUs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)711-719
Number of pages9
JournalClinical Microbiology and Infection
Volume15
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Keywords

  • Assessment
  • Europe
  • High-level isolation units
  • Highly infectious diseases

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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    Fusco, F. M., Schilling, S., Puro, V., Brodt, H. R., Follin, P., Jarhall, B., Bannister, B., Maltezou, H. C., Thomson, G., Brouqui, P., Ippolito, G., Adrami, O., Borg, M., Gottschalk, R., Hemmer, R., Horban, A., Kojouharova, M., Perronne, C., Lambert, J., ... Vetter, N. (2009). EuroNHID checklists for the assessment of high-level isolation units and referral centres for highly infectious diseases: Results from the pilot phase of a European survey. Clinical Microbiology and Infection, 15(8), 711-719. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-0691.2009.02874.x