Variations in identification of healthcare-associated infections

Little is known about whether those performing healthcare-associated infection (HAI) surveillance vary in their interpretations of HAI definitions developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). Our primary objective was to characterize variations in these interpretations using clinical vignettes. We also describe predictors of variation in responses.

Keller, S., Linkin, D., Fishman, N., & Lautenbach, E. (2013). Variations in Identification of Healthcare-Associated Infections. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, 34(7), 678-686. doi:10.1086/670999