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Basics of surveillance--an overview.

Authors
  • Pottinger, J M
  • Herwaldt, L A
  • Perl, T M
Type
Published Article
Journal
Infection control and hospital epidemiology
Publication Date
Jul 01, 1997
Volume
18
Issue
7
Pages
513–527
Identifiers
PMID: 9247837
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Surveillance of nosocomial infections is the foundation of an infection control program. This article describes components of a surveillance system, methods for surveillance, methods for case-finding, and data sources. We encourage the epidemiology team to use this background information as they design surveillance systems that meet the goals of their individual institution's infection control program.

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