Symptom word documentation: A novel approach to identifying and managing hospital-acquired infections.
Am J Infect Control. 2016 Apr 21;
Authors: Carry-Littles K, Nguyen K, Rowe T, Johnston PA, Brassil K
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.
PMID: 27112369 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]