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New HAI Tracking Tool Will Help Hospitals Better Target Prevention

The National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) has a new tool to help hospitals identify units with disproportionately high rates of health care-associated infections (HAIs). The Targeted Assessment for Prevention (TAP) report will allow hospital staff to determine which units are most struggling with HAIs so they can allocate resources most effectively.

The NHSN, run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is a widely used HAI tracking system. The TAP report ranks facilities and units based on the number of HAIs that need to be prevented to meet U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) prevention targets. TAP reports can be generated for the following infections:

  • catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI)
  • Clostridium difficile infection (CDI)
  • central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI)

Contact Beth Feldpush, DrPH, senior vice president of policy and advocacy, at or 202.585.0111 with questions.


About the Author

Matt Buechner is the policy and advocacy associate for America's Essential Hospitals.

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