Impact of postnatal age on neonatal intensive care unit bloodstream infection reporting

for the CDC Prevention Epicenter Program

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Abstract

Due to their short- and long-term impact on patients in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), bloodstream infections are a closely monitored quality measure. NICU infection rates are risk-adjusted for birth weight, but not postnatal age. Our findings suggest that infection rates are not constant over time in neonates with long NICU lengths of stay and adjusting for postnatal age in addition to birth weight may improve unit comparisons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican Journal of Infection Control
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • Bloodstream infections
  • Hospital-onset bacteremia
  • Neonatal intensive care unit
  • Public reporting
  • Risk adjustment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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