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Public health response to patient safety issues

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      Wednesday, July 24, 2002, 16:03 EDT (4:03 PM EDT)


      The Chicago Tribune is publishing a series of articles on healthcare-associated infections. These articles draw much attention to a problem that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and its partners in public health and healthcare have been addressing vigorously. CDC believes that preventing healthcare-associated infections is a critical component of the Department of Health and Human Services - patient safety improvement initiative. Our goal is to eliminate threats to patient safety and ensure the highest quality healthcare for all Americans.

      Since you may receive questions, we are sending you the steps that the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, National Center for Infectious Diseases, has been taking to monitor and prevent healthcare-associated infections.

      The mission of the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP) is to protect patients and healthcare personnel and to promote quality of healthcare. In order to accomplish its mission, DHQP is developing a new internet-based knowledge system called the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). Two main aspects of the network are reporting of adverse events, including healthcare-associated infections, and disseminating information on preventing such events. Disseminating information on prevention strategies and data on reported adverse events is a critical part of the network. This network is an expansion and enhancement of current surveillance and monitoring capabilities (e.g, National Nosocomial Infection Surveillance System - NNIS). The network will be compatible with the National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS). When NHSN is fully implemented, any healthcare facility will be eligible to participate. The implementation of the N H SN is part of a larger federal response to patient safety, including the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), CDC, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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