The reliability of the McCabe score as a marker of co-morbidity in healthcare-associated infection point prevalence studies

J. S. Reilly*, B. Coignard, L. Price, J. Godwin, S. Cairns, Susan Hopkins, O. Lyytikäinen, S. Hansen, W. Malcolm, G. J. Hughes

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Abstract

This study aimed to ascertain the reliability of the McCabe score in a healthcare-associated infection point prevalence survey. A 10 European Union Member States survey in 20 hospitals (n = 1912) indicated that there was a moderate level of agreement (κ = 0.57) with the score. The reliability of the application of the score could be increased by training data collectors, particularly with reference to the ultimately fatal criteria. This is important if the score is to be used to risk adjust data to drive infection prevention and control interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-129
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Infection Prevention
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2015

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Keywords

  • McCabe score
  • Surveillance
  • healthcare-associated infections

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