A recent report using data from CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) showed that 21 states experienced significant decreases in central line-associated bloodstream infections from 2009 – 2010. As HAI reporting moves forward, it is increasingly important to validate, or double check, data to ensure that it is accurate.
Tennessee and Colorado are two states that have gone the extra mile to ensure the accuracy of infection data reported by their hospitals. The health departments in these states initiated validation projects that sought to uncover any discrepancies in infection surveillance that may lead to under- or over-reporting of infections. Team members from the health departments visited hospitals to review medical charts, speak with data collectors, and get feedback from infection preventionists. The states used the information gathered from these studies to improve reporting methods, staff training and overall data quality.
To learn more about these and other state HAI prevention stories, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/hai/state-
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