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Volume 7, Number 2—April 2001
4th Decennial International Conference on Nosocomial and Healthcare-Associated Infections

State of the Art

Feeding Back Surveillance Data To Prevent Hospital-Acquired Infections

Robert GaynesComments to Author , Chesley Richards, Jonathan Edwards, T. Grace Emori, Teresa Horan, Juan Alonso-Echanove, Scott K. Fridkin, Rachel Lawton, Gloria Peavy, James Tolson, and the National Nosocomial Infections Surveillance (NNIS) System Hospitals
Author affiliations: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Table 1

Estimates of accuracy of prospectively reported infections in nine NNIS Hospitalsa

Predictive value Sensitivity Specificity
Infection site positive (%) (%) (%)
Bloodstream 87 85 98.3
Pneumonia 89 68 97.8
Surgical site 72 67 97.7
Urinary tract 92 59 98.7
Other 80 30 98.6

aAdapted from Emori TG, et al. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol (17).

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