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Symptom word documentation: A novel approach to identifying and managing hospital-acquired infections

Published:April 21, 2016DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2016.03.004
      An interprofessional team developed a symptom word documentation tool based on surveillance definitions for specific types of infections published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nursing documentation was monitored pre- and postimplementation of the tool, revealing increased compliance with symptom documentation. Although symptom word documentation does not reduce the number of infections, it may impact the central line–associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) rate by better differentiating CLABSI from other infection sources, as was observed in this institution.

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