First national point prevalence survey

The first national point prevalence survey of healthcare-associated infections and the use of antibiotics in retirement and nursing homes will take place in September 2024. The infectiology and infection prevention team at St. Gallen Cantonal Hospital will lead the work supported by the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH).

The first national point prevalence SPOT study will determine the number and type of infections among residents as well as the amount and type of antibiotics used. In addition, structures and process indicators in the field of infection prevention and antibiotic stewardship in the institutions will be assessed. The project will be conducted by the infectiology and infection prevention team of the St. Gallen Cantonal Hospital, supported by the cantons, the umbrella association CURAVIVA, Senesuisse and the FOPH.

The NOSO strategy promotes the introduction of measures to combat healthcare-associated infections in retirement and nursing homes. Reference data on healthcare-associated infections, antibiotic consumption as well as institutional indicators provides a basis for identifying the necessary measures. The survey will also enable a comparison of individual institutions at a national level. As the Swiss point prevalence study is based on the protocol of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), data can be compared directly against other European countries.

You can find more information on the website (in German): spot | Klinik für Infektiologie / Spitalhygiene (

Last modification 13.05.2024

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