Validation of a multicenter computer-based surveillance system for hospital-acquired bloodstream infections in neonatal intensive care departments

Am J Infect Control. 2004 Jun;32(4):232-4. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2003.07.008.


Automated systems can facilitate surveillance for health care-associated infections. The New York Antimicrobial Resistance Project (NYARP) electronically monitors trends in bloodstream infections from 6 medical centers in New York, NY. To validate NYARP's data, episodes of health care-associated bloodstream infections detected by this system were compared with those obtained by an infection control practitioner performing an unrelated study in 2 participating neonatal intensive care departments. The sensitivity (84%), specificity (99%), and positive (84%) and negative (99%) predictive values of NYARP were excellent when coagulase-negative staphylococcal bloodstream infections were removed.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Multicenter Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Validation Study

MeSH terms

  • Bacteremia / epidemiology*
  • Bacteremia / microbiology
  • Blood-Borne Pathogens / isolation & purification*
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S.
  • Computer Systems*
  • Cross Infection / epidemiology*
  • Cross Infection / microbiology
  • Data Collection
  • Diagnosis, Computer-Assisted
  • Female
  • Gram-Negative Bacterial Infections / diagnosis
  • Gram-Negative Bacterial Infections / epidemiology
  • Gram-Positive Bacterial Infections / diagnosis
  • Gram-Positive Bacterial Infections / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Intensive Care Units, Neonatal*
  • Male
  • Risk Assessment
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Sentinel Surveillance*
  • Survival Analysis
  • United States