PHIG Project 2016

What is the Preventing Hospital Infections in Greece (PHIG) project?

CLEO has expanded its work into additional sectors of research and health promotion since January 2016, with partnerships throughout Greece, in Children’s and General Hospitals. The PHIG project was designed to survey the most common hospital infections and compliance with selected prevention practices and antibiotics use. The project is funded through a generous grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

The project addresses six domains:

  • Hand Hygiene
  • Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infections (CLABSI)
  • Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI)
  • Ventilator Associate Events (VAE)
  • Perioperative Antibiotic Prophylaxis (PAP)

The three-year program is separated into three consecutive phases:

1. Pilot Phase

The following activities were carried out during the pilot phase:

  • Adaptation of data collection tools to the specific needs and requirements of each unit; and
  • Medical-nursing staff training on the proper use of data collection tools and familiarization with terminology used for infection supervision and control.


2. Baseline Phase

The following activities were carried out during the initial surveillance phase:

  • Assessment of material and technical infrastructure for hand hygiene in each unit;
  • Surveillance of compliance with hand hygiene rules;
  • Surveillance of CLABSI, CAUTI and VAE incidents;
  • Surveillance of antimicrobial drugs use; and
  • PAP surveillance.


3. Intervention Phase

In the third and last phase of the project, a series of interventions adapted to the specific needs of each separate department was designed and implemented. During this phase, the surveillance of chosen hospital infections and antibiotics use is being continued.


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CLEO was founded thanks to a grant of the “Stavros Niarchos” Foundation, which has supported its function as the main donator since 2011 and continues to do so today.