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Bloodstream infection surveillance inconsistent between institutions, U-M study shows
Date:10/8/2010

ce in CA-BSI rates.

The current system makes it difficult to identify best performers, he adds. "You have to ask yourself, 'Is it because their care practices are good or is it because their surveillance is weak?"'

Niedner hopes this work spurs further research into improving hospital surveillance for such infections. Improved understanding of this variability and awareness of the potential consequences provides an opportunity and rationale to define CA-BSI surveillance best practices and work toward standardizing them across institutions, he adds.

"Many problems become more manageable when we standardize procedures," he says. "Various professional bodies have put forward recommendations for CA-BSI surveillance, but not at the level that will give it real traction. It's going to take a national entity endorsing standardized surveillance practices to improve the validity of institutional comparisons."


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Contact: Margarita B. Wagerson
mbauza@umich.edu
734-764-2220
University of Michigan Health System
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