RANIN-KIDS (Reducing Antimicrobial use and Nosocomial INfections in KIDS: A European Network)

RANIN-KIDS was founded in Athens, Greece, in March 2018, in collaboration with the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID) and ESGAP, the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) Study Group for Antimicrobial stewardship. The long-term goal of RANIN-KIDS is to achieve optimal clinical outcomes among paediatric patients in Europe by fighting healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) and reducing the inappropriate use of antibiotics.

The first immediate goal is to create a multinational collaborative consortium that will design and implement a unified European surveillance mechanism for paediatric HAIs and antibiotic use. This surveillance will be conducted in paediatric hospitals or single units – such as general paediatric units, neonatal intensive care units (NICUs), paediatric intensive care units (PICUs), or paediatric oncology units – using uniform methods and shared definitions. The consortium will constitute an adaptive network, expanding to include any collaborators who express interest and commitment, and allowing direct communication and the circulation of ideas among members. The second and most important goal is to use these generated data to design and implement sustainable interventions to prevent HAIs and promote ASP in paediatric settings throughout the countries in the consortium.

In March 2019, the RANIN-KIDS consortium began collecting data on hand hygiene and surgical prophylaxis in twenty hospitals in twelve countries.

RANIN-KIDS is supported by Penta.