Healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial resistance in Canadian acute care hospitals, 2017–2021

  11 June 2023

Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) continue to contribute to excess morbidity and mortality among Canadians. This report describes epidemiologic and laboratory characteristics and trends of HAIs and AMR from 2017 to 2021 (Candida auris 2012–2021) using surveillance and laboratory data submitted by hospitals to the Canadian Nosocomial Infection Surveillance Program (CNISP) and by provincial laboratories to the National Microbiology Laboratory (NML).

From 2017 to 2021, the incidence of MRSA and VRE BSIs, and CPE infections increased in Canadian acute care hospitals participating in a national sentinel network (CNISP) while CDI decreased. Few C. auris isolates were identified from 2012 to 2021. Reporting standardized surveillance data and the consistent application of infection prevention and control practises in acute care hospitals are critical to help decrease the burden of HAIs and AMR in Canada.

Further reading: Government of Canada
Author(s): Government of Canada
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