Lack of Comprehensive Outbreak Detection in Hospitals

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2016 Apr;37(4):466-8. doi: 10.1017/ice.2015.325.


Timely identification of outbreaks of hospital-associated infections is needed to implement control measures and minimize impact. Survey results from 33 hospitals indicated that most hospitals lacked a formal cluster definition and all targeted a very limited group of prespecified pathogens. Standardized, statistically based outbreak detection could greatly improve current practice.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Cross Infection / prevention & control*
  • Disease Outbreaks / prevention & control*
  • Health Personnel
  • Hospitals / classification
  • Hospitals / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Infection Control / methods*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States