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National Point Prevalence Survey of Healthcare Associated Infection and Antimicrobial Prescribing in Long Term Care Facilities, 2017

Published on 09 April 2018

From: Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection Scotland

Second Scottish PPS of healthcare associated infection & antimicrobial prescribing in long term care facilities HALT report



The objectives of the 2017 Point Prevalence Survey (PPS) in Long Term Care Facilities (LTCF) were to:

  • Measure the prevalence of Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) and to describe the types of HAI occurring in LTCF.
  • Measure the prevalence of antimicrobial use and describe the types of antimicrobials prescribed.
  • Describe the organisation of Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) and antimicrobial stewardship programmes.
  • Identify priority areas for interventions to prevent and control HAI and improve antimicrobial prescribing.
  • Identify priority areas for training and/or additional IPC and antimicrobial stewardship resources.
  • Contribute to the Europe-wide HALT-3 study.

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