Hospitals in Europe Link for Infection Control through Surveillance (HELICS)
Surveillance data, Web directory
Antimicrobial resistance and hospital infection are now amongst the highest priorities in the Health Protection Agency and the European Union. LHCAI has for several years been involved in European studies. In 1999 there was the completion of the DGV funded HELICS II project ('Hospitals in Europe Link for Infection Control through Surveillance') The steering group led by Professor Jacques Fabry from France also has members from Belgium, Denmark, England (Dr Barry Cookson) and Holland. The two objectives were to produce an inventory of infection and antimicrobial resistance control activities in the EU and to propose ways to harmonise these efforts. Extensive questionnaires were distributed to all EU member states and a consensus meeting was also held. In addition, all countries were invited to submit contact names and relevant details of infection control related activities for the inventory. All the raw data, inventory and initial report are available on the INTERNET .