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CDC infection definitions, reports, and guidelines

Surveillance definitions – manual (CDC-NHSN), 2009

Patient safety component protocol. The National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Manual, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, National Center for Infectious Diseases Atlanta, GA,USA.

Provides updated NHSN definitions as well as data collection protocols used by NHSN, and revised from prior NNIS protocols. This version is current through August, 2009.

Surveillance definitions - hospital (CDC-NHSN), 2009

CDC/NHSN surveillance definition of health care–associated infection and criteria for specific types of infections in the acute care setting. Horan TC, Andrus M, Dudeck, MA. Am J Infect Control 2008; 36:309-32. Introduction current as of March 2009.

Surveillance definitions – home health care and hospice (APIC-HICPAC), 2008

APIC - HICPAC Surveillance definitions for home health care and home hospice infections,2008

Surveillance definitions - long term care, 1991

Definitions of Infection for Surveillance in Long Term Care Facilities, 1991
McGeer A, Campbell B, Emori TG, Hierholzer WJ, Jackson MM, Nicolle LE, Peppler C, Rivera A, Schollenberger DG, Simor AE, Smith PW, Wang E. Am J Infect Control 1991;19(1):1-7.

Prevention-control - long term care, 2008

Infection prevention and control in the long-term–care facility, SHEA/APIC Guideline, 2008.
Smith PW, Bennett G, Bradley S, et al. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2008;29: 785—814

Guideline from APIC Guidelines and SHEA Long-term-care committee. Updates prevention and control aspects of LTC programs and references the 1991 guideline for surveillance definitions.

Updated Surveillance practices, 2007

Lee TB, Montgomery, OG, Marx, J, Olmsted, RN, Scheckler, WE. Recommended practices for surveillance: Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), Inc. American Journal of Infection Control 2007;35(7):427-440.

NHSN Infection surveillance data report, 2009

National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) report, 2008 Data summary for 2008, issued December 2009. Am J Infect Control 2009; 37:783-805.

Latest data report available - earlier reports posted on CDC Web site:

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