Compass HQIC Annual Update for NHSN Measures

In this pre-recorded webinar, speaker Linda R. Greene, RN, MPS, CI, FAPIC, will explore key changes to the 2021 definitions and information in the Patient Safety component of the National Health Safety Network (NHSN) Annual Safety Survey. This course, in its entirety, will take an estimated 62 minutes to complete.

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This pre-recorded webinar course was developed by the Compass Hospital Quality Improvement Contractor (HQIC) Network. The Compass Hospital Quality Improvement Contract is supported by contract number 75FCMC19D0028 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The contents of this publication are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or any of its agencies.

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Quality professionals, infection prevention professionals, staff with responsibility for NSHN reporting 

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Compass HQIC Annual Update for NHSN Measures
Linda R. Greene, RN, MPS, CIC, FAPIC

The National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) surveillance system with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) is a widely used healthcare-associated infection (HAI) tracking system. Through use of the NHSN system, facilities can input data, utilize benchmarking reports, identify areas of concern and track progress toward improving infection prevention. Each year the NHSN issues updates to the six components of Patient Safety, Long-term Care Facility, Outpatient Dialysis, Healthcare Personnel Safety, Biovigilance and Outpatient Procedure. This program will address changes in the Patient Safety component of the NHSN Manual. Training objectives include:

  • Describe the impact of 2021 updates and reporting changes on the completion of the Annual NHSN Safety Survey
  • Identify at least two action steps to enhance the accuracy of NHSN reporting
  • List two steps to get started with Antimicrobial Utilization reporting


Linda R. Greene, RN, MPS, CIC, FAPIC

Linda R. Greene, RN, MPS, CIC, FAPIC, is Director of Infection Prevention at the University of Rochester Highland Hospital, Rochester, New York. She has extensive experience in infection prevention in the acute care, long-term care and ambulatory surgery settings. She held leadership roles in her local Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) chapter before becoming a member of the APIC Board of Directors in 2010. She served as APIC president in 2017. Greene serves APIC and the IPC profession in myriad ways, including as an advisor and contributor to APIC position papers and implementation guides, APIC representative to the 2020 CDC Decennial Steering Committee, and frequent presenter at regional, national and international conferences. The author of dozens of peer-reviewed publications, Greene is an expert on quality improvement, antimicrobial stewardship and healthcare-associated infections. In 2020 APIC awarded her with the prestigious Carole DeMille award which is given annually to an IP with visionary leadership and extraordinary contributions to the profession.

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