Monitoring of Hospital-Acquired Infections in NICUs, Vienna General Hospital
Medexter Healthcare puts into operation its recently developed Moni/Surveillance-NICU software for the automated, knowledge-based identification and monitoring of hospital-acquired infections at the neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) of the Vienna General Hospital/Medical University of Vienna, Austria (AKH Wien/MUW). This software is connected to the Philips CareVue intensive-care medical information systems at the three NICUs (36 beds) of the Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine of the AKH Wien/MUW, where it keeps various forms of blood stream infections and ICU-acquired pneumonias under surveillance. Technically, Moni/Surveillance-NICU is based on web-services, made available in the AKH Wien-wide intranet, and on an extended knowledge base, implemented in form of Arden Syntax medical logic modules (MLMs), extended by fuzzy set and fuzzy logic methods. The results are provided to both the infection control personnel of the Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine and the infection control unit of the Vienna General Hospital; a cockpit-like, interactive access allows for detailed patient case analyses on a real-time, daily basis.