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Hospital Infection Reporting to Widen, Definitions to Get More Precise
HealthLeaders Media

A two-pronged federal effort launching this year seeks to more accurately collect hospital-acquired infection rates.

The new, more specific definitions of infections seek to reduce confusion among providers, health officials say. The aims are first to assure clinicians report beyond the ICU to general med-surge patients, and second, to prevent hospitals from subjectively interpreting what qualifies as a reportable infection.