Feeding back surveillance data to prevent hospital-acquired infections

Emerg Infect Dis. Mar-Apr 2001;7(2):295-8. doi: 10.3201/eid0702.010230.

Abstract

We describe the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Nosocomial Infections Surveillance system. Elements of the system critical for successful reduction of nosocomial infection rates include voluntary participation and confidentiality; standard definitions and protocols; identification of populations at high risk; site-specific, risk- adjusted infection rates comparable across institutions; adequate numbers of trained infection control professionals; dissemination of data to health-care providers; and a link between monitored rates and prevention efforts.

MeSH terms

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S.
  • Cross Infection / epidemiology
  • Cross Infection / prevention & control*
  • Data Collection
  • Databases, Factual*
  • Disease Notification / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • National Health Programs / statistics & numerical data
  • National Health Programs / trends*
  • Population Surveillance*
  • United States / epidemiology