On Tuesday, May 14, 2013, the District of Columbia Hospital Association and the Delmarva Foundation of the District of Columbia collaborated to provide training to District Hospitals on the updated definitions for reporting to the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). According to the CDC NHSN “is the nation’s most widely used healthcare-associated infection tracking system. NHSN provides facilities, states, regions, and the nation with data needed to identify problem areas, measure progress of prevention efforts, and ultimately eliminate healthcare-associated infections.”
The featured speaker was Carole Van Antwerpen, RN, BSN, CIC who is a veteran in the area of hospital infection control. Most recently she served as Assistant Bureau Director for the New York State Department of Health’s Healthcare Acquired Infections (HAI) and Program Director for New York’s HAI public reporting program. Using her 35 years
of expertise Ms. Van Antwerpen walked hospitals through the nuanced changes in the 2013 NHSN definitions that affect what is required to be reported by hospitals and what is not. She stressed the importance of viewing cases using surveillance definitions not clinical definitions.
Hospitals participating in the training included George Washington University Hospital, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Providence Hospital, Sibley Memorial Hospital, Specialty Hospital of Washington – Capitol Hill, Specialty Hospital of Washington – Hadley, United Medical Center, and Veterans Affairs Medical Center.