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Top 10 Infection Control Challenges

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 27, 2011

10. Understanding Reporting and Transparency

Sharon Jacobs, manager of infection prevention and Control at St. Clair Hospital in Pittsburgh, echoed concerns expressed by many of her peers that how infections are reported today lacks standardization, an issue raised in a recent commentary in the New England Journal of Medicine.

"I am a firm believer in transparency but until the reported measurements are being collected in the same fashion using the same definitions, the comparison between providers should not be encouraged," she said.

Added Carol McLay, an infection prevention consultant from Louisville, KY, indicated that infection control teams will need to improve competency in reporting under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) protocols.

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Cheryl Clark is senior quality editor and California correspondent for HealthLeaders Media. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
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