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Bloodstream Infections: A Case Study

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Identification and description of the indicator. Bloodstream infections (BSI) are usually a precursor to severe sepsis (Timsit et al., 2014). BSI are associated with increased length of hospital stays, increased of mortality, and increased cost of care (Central line-associated bloodstream infections, n.d.). A large portion of BSI are associated with central lines (Central line-associated bloodstream infections, n.d.). These types of bloodstream infections are referred to as Central Line-associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSIs). In both pediatric and the adult patient population the CLABSI rate is expressed as CLABSIs per 1000 central line catheter days (Smulders, Van Gestel, & Bos, 2013; Tabak, Johannes, Sun, Crosby, & Jarvis, 2016). Describe potential data sources for collection of this indicator National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), National Database of Nursing…show more content…
The CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) supports 2,000 hospitals nationally (Central line-associated bloodstream infections, n.d.). Since March 2010, hospitals, in twenty one of the United States’ fifty states, are required to report their hospital acquired infections to the NHSN (Central line-associated bloodstream infections, n.d.). The CMS data report includes identification numbers for the hospitals the CLABSI happened at, the name and address of the hospitals, the number days the central line was in, the number of CLABSI incidences the hospitals had, and each hospitals’ National Healthcare Safety Network standardized infection ratio (SIR) (Tabak et al.,
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