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GAO: Coordinating national data on health-care associated infections

The Government Accountability office looked into providing reliable data on health-care-associated infections, and found that nationwide standardization of data collection was needed.

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GAO identified five data sources-two operated by HHS, two by professional organizations, and one by a state government--all of which differ from one another in the type of HAI information they collect.

In order to make nationwide estimates of HAIs and lapses in related infection control practices in ASCs, a data source would need to collect its data from a nationally representative random sample of ASCs. However, none of the five sources does so.