Suspension of mandatory reporting of some routine data to VICNISS

This decision has been taken to reduce administrative reporting during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in order to free up clinical staff to care for patients.  Whilst VICNISS recognises the demand on health services during this pandemic we strongly encourage you to resume suspended surveillance, or continue routine surveillance within the capacity of your health service. Please ensure that your surveillance plan exactly matches the submitted data as this is important for state level reporting . Plans can be changed at any time.  If you require any clarification or assistance with any of this, VICNISS staff are always available for support and advice.

The suspension of reporting applies to the following indicators:

  • central line associated blood stream infections (CLABSI) in intensive care units
  • staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia (SAB) infections
  • surgical site infections
  • hand hygiene compliance rates.

Mandatory reporting on these measures will recommence from 1 January 2021. If you are able to report these measures earlier, we encourage you to do so.

For further information contact: Dr Ann Bull, VICNISS ann.bull@mh.org.au or Jim Doumtses, Safer Care Victoria jim.doumtses@safercare.vic.gov.au