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National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) patient safety component manual

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    NHSN patient safety component manual
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    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) and transfusion-related adverse events 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 six components: Patient Safety, Long-term Care Facility, Outpatient Dialysis, Healthcare Personnel Safety, Biovigilance, and Outpatient Procedure.

    Please Note: The NHSN Patient Safety Component Manual is updated annually based on subject matter expert review and user feedback. Over time, certain chapters have been retired or moved to other components. To avoid confusion, the chapters in the PSC manual do not shift to account for these changes; therefore, chapters 8 and 13 are not listed in the Table of Contents or included in this document.

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    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 11: Pediatric Ventilator-Associated Event (pedVAE) -- 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.
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