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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.


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. .

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