Present or absent on admission: Results of changes in National Healthcare Safety Network surveillance definitions.

TitlePresent or absent on admission: Results of changes in National Healthcare Safety Network surveillance definitions.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsFarrell L, Gilman M, Teszner E, Coffin SE, Sammons JShaklee
JournalAm J Infect Control
Volume43
Issue10
Pagination1128-30
Date Published2015 Oct 1
ISSN1527-3296
Abstract

In January 2013, the National Healthcare Safety Network definition of "present on admission" was created. Using existing surveillance data from 2013, we identified health care-associated infections (HAIs) that met prior present on admission criteria but not the new definition. We identified a number of infections classified as HAI despite evidence that infection was clinically present on admission. These findings have important implications for states with mandatory HAI reporting using National Healthcare Safety Network definitions.

DOI10.1016/j.ajic.2015.05.023
Alternate JournalAm J Infect Control
PubMed ID26129843