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Effectively Using Data

Effectively Using Data

Upcoming Courses

The use of data, especially in support of NHSN, is essential to the role of the infection preventionist (IP). The collection, analysis, reporting and application of data require specialized skills for which many IPs have received little or no training. In addition, many IPs struggle to convert data into meaningful information necessary to optimally support their facilities’ improvement efforts. Through this course, attendees will learn how to make use of the data they gather, whether integrating NHSN into a comprehensive data management approach, using data to assess and monitor the implementation of evidence based practices , analyzing and evaluating outcomes of care or communicating information to various stakeholders throughout the facility.

Continuing Nursing Education Credits (CNEs) are a recognized method of quantifying participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction. One contact hour is defined as one hour of time spent in an educational experience.

9 hours

Cost:Members: $200 / Non-members: $275

CNEs: 9.0
Expiration Date: December 31, 2020

APIC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

APIC must receive all cancellations in writing within 30 days of purchase if you have not yet started the course. If you have started the course, you must submit your cancellation within 7 days of the start day to be eligible for a refund.

Please submit cancellation requests to education@apic.org or via fax to (202) 789-1899.


Your Module Schedule

Daniel Bronson-Lowe, PhD, CIC

Module 1: Essential Data Analysis Tools, Display Techniques and Tips


The introductory session explains the essential data tools upon which a broader understanding of epidemiological methods, surveillance, and critical analysis will be developed in subsequent modules. Using many real world examples, this baseline content will focus on those tools most often used as part of an infection prevention program. Practical explanations and easy-to-understand terminology will enable participants to quickly learn and/or review core data skills.


  • Explain the essential statistical tools needed to convert data into information
  • Present tips and techniques for effective data display and interpretation
  • Establish statistical competency necessary for epidemiologic applications to be presented in Module 2

Joan Hebden, MS, RN, CIC

Module 2: Understanding Surveillance Data and NHSN Basics


This presentation is geared toward novice Infection Preventionists who are developing skills within the Infection Prevention and Control competency domain related to surveillance and epidemiologic methods. Using case studies to illustrate the methods, the IP will become familiar with NHSN basics of surveillance and analytic tools, device-associated and procedure-associated infection rate calculation, use of the NHSN data summary report for benchmarking and establishing target goals, incidence and prevalence rate calculation associated with multi-drug resistant organisms and defining outbreaks.


  • State 3 differences between clinical and surveillance definitions of infection
  • Define the value of calculating both incidence and prevalence density rates for trending multi-drug resistant organisms
  • Define the value of presenting both device-associated infection rates and device utilization ratios when providing feedback to bedside providers
  • Understand how to use the NHSN analytic tools for identifying events and the significance of differences in data
  • Define the importance of an epidemic curve during an outbreak investigation

Lindsey Weiner, MPH

Module 3: Data Analysis and Management


Analyzing healthcare-associated infection (HAI) data can be a powerful tool when providing feedback on surveillance programs, as well as to inform effectiveness of HAI prevention efforts. Reviewing HAI data on a regular basis can also ensure that a hospital is compliant with state and/or federal HAI reporting requirements. Using NHSN as the foundation, this presentation will focus on the ways in which IPs can review, analyze, and interpret their hospital’s HAI data. This presentation will also describe important steps to assess data for quality and completeness.


  • Review the various metrics that can be used to analyze healthcare-associated infection (HAI) data
  • Discuss various approaches to performing routine HAI data analyses
  • Demonstrate the analysis and interpretation of HAI data through case studies, including the identification of potential data quality issues

Kathleen Gase, MPH, CIC, FAPIC

Module 4: Turning Data into Information, Part I


Module 4 focuses on turning HAI data into actionable information. In this session, the selection of the appropriate internal and external benchmarks and performance improvement targets will be discussed. Participants will explore common factors impacting on infection rates, such as device utilization, processes of care, seasonal variation and regression to the mean, and how these are assessed. The concepts of statistical, clinical, and operational significance will be reviewed, and strategies for presenting infection prevention data to audiences of varying professional and interest levels will be presented. Participants will learn how to analyze and interpret data, understand different influences of data, how to provide feedback to a variety of different stakeholders through appropriately displaying data. 


After listening to this presentation, attendees will be able to: 

  • Compare data and information
  • Discuss the difference between NHSN data and other national databases (e.g. NDNQI) and how to integrate your data
  • Describe the types of frameworks for evaluation
  • Present information and data to peers and superiors


Linda Greene, RN, MPS, CIC

Joan Hebden, MS, RN, CIC

Module 5: Turning Data into Information, Part II


Demonstrating the value of infection prevention programs to all stakeholders, and communicating that value to C-suite and other healthcare workers, such as nurses and non-clinical support services, is increasingly important. This module will show you tools to communicate your data to ensure your data and the way it's presented is meaningful to a variety of different stakeholder groups.


After listening to this presentation, attendees will be able to: 

  • Communicate  the value of infection prevention data in both clinical and business terms to make it actionable
  • Identify and understand the relationship and balance between process vs. outcome measures, and related metrics
  • Evaluate process measures
  • Present data in formats fitting to specific stakeholder groups 



Why Should You Attend?

  • Progressively build skills on data use, display, analysis and communication
  • Integrate NHSN into a comprehensive approach to data management
  • Learn to apply data skills in wide variety of situations ranging from simple to complex
  • Enhance professional competency in the IP technical domain and prepare for board certification



Meet Our Advisory Council

Melissa Bronstein, MPA, BSN, RN, CIC

Linda R. Greene, RN, MPS, CIC

Joan Hebden, MS, RN, CIC

Carol McLay DrPH, BSN, RN, CIC- APIC Nurse Planner



Member Registration Fee: $200.00
Non-Member Registration Fee: $275.00

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Please note that online courses may take up to 24 hours after your registration has been processed to appear in the learning platform.

APIC must receive all cancellations in writing within 30 days of purchase if you have not yet started the course. If you have started the course, you must submit your cancellation within 7 days of the start day to be eligible for a refund.

Please submit cancellation requests to education@apic.org or via fax to (202) 789-1899. Courses are non-transferrable and remain with the original registered individual regardless of position changes or employee departures.

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC).

Course evaluations will be available in your online training menu at the end of the course. All course-related evaluations must be completed within 30 days of course completion. After satisfying all evaluation requirements, a certificate of completion will be available to print and/or download under My Transcripts for your records indicating CEUs.

Accredited status does not imply endorsement by APIC or the American Nurses Credentialing Center of any commercial products displayed or discussed in conjunction with an educational activity.

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