Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

Infection-Tracking System Now Available to All U.S. Hospitals

Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

Infection-Tracking System Now Available to All U.S. Hospitals

Article excerpt

CDC has announced that a secure, Web-based reporting network that lets facilities track infections associated with health care is now available to all health care facilities in the United States.

The National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) provides multiple options for data analysis and more flexibility for sharing information both within and outside a facility--including with the general public, if a facility so chooses.

"Opening this system to all hospitals is a milestone for health protection," said Dr. Denise Cardo, director of CDC's Division of Health Care and Quality Promotion. "Information is power, and the information tools that NHSN provides help health care facilities prevent health care-associated infections."

The system builds on CDC's National Nosocomial Infection Surveillance (NNIS) system, which, for more than 30 years, was the gold standard system for tracking health care-associated infections. CDC developed the NNIS system to help infection-control professionals and hospitals stay abreast of the rapidly expanding science and practice of infection prevention and control, and better manage episodes of health care-associated infections. The NNIS system had about 300 participating facilities nationwide.

"We expect that nearly 1,000 facilities will take advantage, in coming months, of NHSN's many capabilities," said Dr. …

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