Surveillance definitions of infections in long-term care facilities: revisiting the McGeer criteria

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2012 Oct;33(10):965-77. doi: 10.1086/667743.


(See the commentary by Moro, on pages 978-980 .) Infection surveillance definitions for long-term care facilities (ie, the McGeer Criteria) have not been updated since 1991. An expert consensus panel modified these definitions on the basis of a structured review of the literature. Significant changes were made to the criteria defining urinary tract and respiratory tract infections. New definitions were added for norovirus gastroenteritis and Clostridum difficile infections.

MeSH terms

  • Cross Infection / diagnosis*
  • Cross Infection / physiopathology
  • Guidelines as Topic
  • Humans
  • Infection Control / standards
  • Long-Term Care
  • Population Surveillance*
  • Residential Facilities*