Data from this evaluation have assisted in modifying CRE definitions used for reporting to NHSN
and for updating the MuGSI case definition.
According to Leidos, NHSN
is the nation s most extensively utilized health care-associated infection system and helps deliver data required to recognize problem areas, measure progress of prevention efforts and eventually eliminate health care-associated infections.
algorithm is challenging to collect and analyze manually, but the technology has shifted our perspective," says Joan Finney, RN, BSN, CIC, Good Samaritan's director of infection prevention and epidemiology.
The CDC tracks HAIs using the NHSN
, a voluntary, web-based quality benchmarking system (CDC-NHSN
For instance, Medicare will require all hospitals participating in the inpatient prospective payment system to enroll in NHSN
and report specific CLABSIs by January 2011.
To date, NHSN
has more than 600 participants and is used in 45 states.
ABBREVIATIONS: HAI = Healthcare-associated infections, MRSA = methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus, NNIS = National Nosocomial Infection Surveillance System, CDC = Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, DSN = Dialysis Surveillance Network, NaSH = National Surveillance System for Healthcare Workers, NHSN
= National Healthcare Safety Network
Many hospitals report to the NHSN
anyway, but it had always been voluntary until now," Qutaishat points out.
For example, CDC's NHSN
data are not drawn from a representative sample of hospitals nationwide.
The real-time solution can also provide back-up during hospital systems downtime for patient care, allows for bedside intervention documentation and electronic NHSN
CDC is providing NHSN
developers, vocabulary experts and CDA experts to support this project.
= National Healthcare Safety Network; HAI = healthcare-associated infections; OprF = outer membrane protein F.