Use of microbiological alerts in surveillance programs and therapy of CVC-related bacteremia: 1-Year experience of an automated laboratory-based system in a comprehensive cancer center

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Abstract

Catheter-related bloodstream infections are part of all nosocomial infections prevention and surveillance programs; in addition to periodic monitoring, continuous awareness and notification of sentinel events through the use of dedicated software are fundamental. In this paper we describe the impact of a software package based on microbiological alerts management on surveillance programs and therapy of CVC-related infections. The Virtuoso Plus™ software (Metafora Informatica Srl, Milan, Italy) was used to extract information from laboratory files, using a list of alerts previously defined and shared with clinicians. One year of activity generated 134 alerts; in particular, a Candida albicans strain was isolated from central and peripheral blood cultures of the same patient. The actions taken were prompt CVC removal and antifungal therapy administration. This study demonstrates that a nosocomial infections surveillance program based on microbiological alerts is also effective in facilitating the handling of patients with CVC-related infections.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-200
Number of pages6
JournalNutritional Therapy and Metabolism
Volume25
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2007

Keywords

  • Alert
  • Automated surveillance
  • CVC-related infections
  • Sentinel events

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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