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National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) patient safety component manual
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    January 2017
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National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) patient safety component manual
  • Corporate Authors:
    National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (U.S.), Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion. ; National Healthcare Safety Network. ;
  • Description:
    Chapter 1: National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Overview -- Chapter 2: Identifying Healthcare-associated Infections (HAI) for NHSN Surveillance -- Chapter 3: Patient Safety Monthly Reporting Plan and Annual Surveys -- Chapter 4: Bloodstream Infection Event (Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection and non-central line-associated Bloodstream Infection) -- Chapter 5: Central Line Insertion Practices (CLIP) Adherence Monitoring -- Chapter 6: Pneumonia (Ventilator-associated [VAP] and non-ventilator-associated Pneumonia [PNEU]) Event -- Chapter 7: Urinary Tract Infection (Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection [CAUTI] and non-catheter-associated Urinary Tract Infection [UTI]) and Other Urinary System Infection (USI) Events -- Chapter 9: Surgical Site Infection (SSI) Event -- Chapter 10: Ventilator-Associated Event (VAE) -- Chapter 12: Multidrug-Resistant Organism & Clostridium difficile Infection (MDRO/CDI) Module -- Chapter 15: CDC Locations and Descriptions and Instructions for Mapping Patient Care Locations -- Chapter 16: General Key terms -- Chapter 17: CDC/NHSN Surveillance Definitions for Specific Types of Infections.

    The NHSN is a secure, Internet-based surveillance system that expands and integrates patient and healthcare personnel safety surveillance systems managed by the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition, facilities that participate in certain reporting programs operated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) can do so through use of NHSN. Furthermore, some U.S. states use NHSN as a means for healthcare facilities to submit data on healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) mandated through their specific state legislation.

    NHSN enables healthcare facilities to collect and use data about HAIs, adherence to clinical practices known to prevent HAIs, the incidence or prevalence of multidrug-resistant organisms within their organizations, trends and coverage of healthcare personnel safety and vaccination, and adverse events related to the transfusion of blood and blood products.

    The NHSN includes five components: Patient Safety, Healthcare Personnel Safety, Biovigilance, Dialysis, and Long-term Care Facility (Figure 1).


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