National Healthcare Safety Network to update on Friday, September 14th

Release to include new tracking capability for long-term care, healthcare worker influenza vaccination, and electronic submission of dialysis events

 CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) will be updating on the evening of Friday, September 14th. Below are the major updates:

Dialysis Event – electronic submission capability

In this release, NHSN is now able to accept Dialysis Event numerator and denominator data electronically via a Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) file import. This electronic reporting capability will help to ease the time and effort burden of manual data entry for NHSN users. Dialysis facilities who are interested in reporting to NHSN using the CDA import should work with their parent organizations or electronic medical record software vendors to create properly formatted CDA files that can be submitted to NHSN. Questions about electronic reporting to NHSN via CDA can be sent to the NHSN CDA Helpdesk at nhsncda@cdc.gov.

Long-Term Care Component

CDC is also releasing a new tracking component, allowing nursing homes and other long-term care facilities to monitor healthcare-associated infections. The new NHSN component allows facilities to track Clostridium difficile, drug-resistant infections such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), urinary tract infections, and healthcare worker adherence to basic infection control procedures including hand hygiene and glove and gown use. NHSN’s long-term care component is ideal for use by: nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, chronic care facilities, and assisted living and residential care facilities. To access or enroll your facility in NHSN’s long-term care component, see CDC’s website: http://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/LTC/index.html 

Healthcare Worker Influenza Vaccination

Acute care hospitals participating in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program will be required to submit summary data on influenza vaccination of healthcare personnel via the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) beginning on January 1, 2013 for the 2012-2013 influenza season. Hospitals will be asked to report vaccinations received by healthcare personnel at the facility, vaccinations received outside the facility, medical contraindications and declinations. Data must be reported for all employees on payroll, licensed independent practitioners (who are physicians, advanced practice nurses, and physician assistants affiliated with the hospital but not on payroll), and students, trainees, and volunteers aged 18 or older. Only healthcare personnel physically working in the facility for at least 30 days between October 1 and March 31 should be counted. Acute care hospitals planning to report healthcare worker influenza vaccination summary data should refer to the operational guidance. The new Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Summary protocol, report form, and table of instructions are now posted on the HPS Vaccination Module page: http://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/hps_Vacc.html 

Any additional questions can be sent to CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network at nhsn@cdc.gov