CDC Offers NHSN Validation Guidance for CLABSIs in ICUs

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Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Validation Guidance and Toolkit for Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI) in ICUs.

This toolkit is designed for infection preventionists and quality professionals at healthcare facilities that report to NHSN, state health department personnel (and/or their agents), and facilities to validate 2012 data on central-line associated bloodstream infections. Facilities that report data to NHSN may find the toolkit useful for assuring accurate data in any year.

NHSN is the nations most widely used healthcare-associated infection tracking system. NHSN provides facilities, states, regions, and the nation with data needed to identify problem areas, measure progress of prevention efforts, and ultimately eliminate healthcare-associated infections. The quality of NHSN data is important for surveillance, reimbursement, quality improvement, research and public reporting of healthcare-associated infections.

For more information about the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) visit the CDCs newly revised NHSN website at: http://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/

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