Infections acquired in intensive care units: results of national surveillance in Belgium, 1997-2010.

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BACKGROUND AND AIM: To describe the methodology and output of the Belgian surveillance for infections acquired in intensive care units (ICUs) between 1997 and 2010. METHODS: Since 1997, ICUs in acute care hospitals in Belgium have been encouraged by federal law to participate in a national multi-centre prospective observational surveillance programme. A protocol and software tool for data collection was developed, and the case definitions and methodology follow those of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. FINDINGS: For 2010, 18 hospitals provided data on 59 observa…

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