Hospital epidemiologists' and infection preventionists' opinions regarding hospital-onset bacteremia and fungemia as a potential healthcare-associated infection metric

A cross-sectional survey of hospital epidemiologists and infection preventionist members of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) was performed to ascertain opinions regarding etiology and preventability of hospital-onset bacteremia and fungemia (HOB), and perspecitives on HOB as a potential outcome measure reflecting the quality of infection prevention and hospital care. DICON physician, Dr. Deverick Anderson, was a contributing author on this project. 

A total of 89 surveys were completed. Among the majority of the respondants, HOB is percieved as preventable, reflective of quality of care, and potentially acceptable as a publicly reported quality metric. 

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