Outpatient hemodialysis bloodstream infection rates, now used for performance measurement and were significantly higher for manual compared with automated surveillance (P<.001), largely owing to the absence of blood culture data in the dialysis electronic health record. Improvement in data sharing between hospitals and outpatient dialysis centers is necessary.
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Thompson, N.D., Wise, M., Belflower, R., Kanago, M., Kainer, M.A., Lovell, C. and Patel, P.R. (2016) Evaluation of Manual and Automated Bloodstream Infection Surveillance in Outpatient Dialysis Centers. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. January 14th. [Epub ahead of print].
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