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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 http://www.qualityforum.org/Home.aspx.

National Voluntary Standards for the Reporting of HAI Data

Safe Practices