Healthcare-associated Infections Studies Project: An American Journal of Infection Control and National Healthcare Safety Network Data Quality Collaboration

Department of Infection Control, North Shore University Health System, Evanston, IL 60201, USA. mwright@
American journal of infection control (Impact Factor: 2.21). 06/2010; 38(5):416-8. DOI: 10.1016/j.ajic.2013.05.009
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This is the first in a series of case studies that will be published in American Journal of Infection Control following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) surveillance definition update of 2013. These cases reflect some of the complex patient scenarios infection professionals encounter during daily surveillance of health care-associated infections using NHSN definitions. Answers to the questions posed and immediate feedback in the form of answers and explanations are available at: All individual participant answers will remain confidential, although it is the authors' hope to share a summary of the findings at a later date. Cases, answers, and explanations have been reviewed and approved by NHSN staff. Active participation is encouraged and recommended. Review/reference Chapter 12-Multidrug-resistant organism &C difficile infection module protocol, of the NHSN Patient Safety Component Manual (, for information you may need to answer the case study questions.

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