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Health Agencies Update
August 22/29, 2007

Hospital Infection Monitoring

JAMA. 2007;298(8):853. doi:10.1001/jama.298.8.853-c

Hospitals throughout the United States now have the opportunity to join a national Web-based surveillance network that will enable them to track—and possibly prevent—safety problems facing patients and staff in their facilities.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention initially launched the National Healthcare Safety Network in 2005 with about 600 select facilities participating. Now, the agency is opening this voluntary surveillance and reporting system to all US hospitals and outpatient dialysis centers.