One-day point prevalence of emerging bacterial pathogens in four secondary and five tertiary care German hospitals – results from a pilot study of the German Society for Hospital Hygiene (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Krankenhaushygiene, DGKH)

Axel Kramer, Sylvia Ryll, Christian Wegner, Lutz Jatzwauk, Walter Popp & Nils-Olaf Hübner
Objective: Data on the prevalence of emerging bacterial pathogens like extended-spectrum-lactamase-building (ESBL) Gram negative organisms, multiresistant Pseudomonas and Acinetobacter species or toxin-building Clostridium difficile in German hospitals are sparse. To provide data for different regions in Germany, a one-day point prevalence study with five tertiary care hospitals and four secondary care hospitals was conducted on the 10th of February 2010. Method: For participating hospitals, the level of care (primary/secondary/tertiary), staffing with infection prevention personnel, availability...