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Utah Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infection Data

Beginning in 2008, the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) required facilities to report central line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) rates in intensive care units (ICUs) for patients older than one year of age (Rule 386‐705, Epidemiology, Healthcare Associated Infection). Initially, facilities submitted data to the UDOH for the annual Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) report. In 2011, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) required facilities to report CLABSI data to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) for payment reimbursement. This requirement included acute care facilities with ICUs and also Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs).

Previous reports of HAIs published by the UDOH have not identified facilities by name. However, during the 2012 Utah Legislative Session, House Bill (HB) 55 was passed requiring the UDOH to access and analyze facility-specific NHSN data and publish an annual HAI report for the public in which facilities are identified by name. Beginning with the annual report for 2012, HAI reports will include all infections required to be reported to NHSN by CMS according to the CMS Healthcare Facility HAI Reporting Requirements timeline.