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National Quality Forum (NQF) quality, infection measures, & patient safety practices

The NQF endorsed national quality measures include safety (e.g., patient falls) and infection control (e.g., central line catheter-associated infection).

The most recent HAI measures National Voluntary Consensus Standards for the Reporting of Healthcare-Associated Infection Data endorsed for public reporting were published in 2008.

NQF has also endorsed a list of safety practices which include both safety (e.g., implement standardized protocols to prevent the occurrence of wrong-site procedures or wrong patient procedures) and infection control (e.g., decontaminate hands with either a hygienic hand rub or by washing with a disinfectant soap prior to and after direct contact with the patient or objects immediately around the patient).

Ordering information from NQF is available at

National Voluntary Standards for the Reporting of HAI Data

Safe Practices