Basics of Surveillance - An Overview

Jean M. Pottinger, Loreen A. Herwaldt, Trish M. Perl

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Surveillance of nosocomial infections is the foundation of an infection control program. This article describes components of a surveillance system, methods for surveillance, methods for case-finding, and data sources. We encourage the epidemiology team to use this background information as they design surveillance systems that meet the goals of their individual institution's infection control program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)513-527
Number of pages15
JournalInfection control and hospital epidemiology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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