Welcome to the Surveillance for Healthcare-Associated & Resistant Pathogens (SHARP) Unit Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) webpage! This website resource is designed to evolve with the needs of the user base as well as when new information becomes available for distribution, so please check it often. If there are any suggestions to improve the website, please feel free to contact the website administrators. See the About the SHARP Unit page for contact information.
Invitation to Participate with SHARP to Reduce HAIs
Join the Surveillance for Healthcare-Associated and Resistant Pathogens (SHARP) Unit in surveillance and prevention initiatives to reduce healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in Michigan. Enroll your hospital in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) to conduct infection surveillance in your hospital and share your data with us! See the About the SHARP Unit page and contact us for additional information on MDCH SHARP surveillance, prevention initiaitves, and confidentiality and data use agreements (such as the third party addendum which gives SHARP permission to release NHSN data to MHA Keystone).
Monthly Michigan NHSN Users Call and NHSN Updates
Next Call: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 10am
Agenda and call-in information for the May 22, 2013 call
*Notes from the March 27, 2013 call
*archived call notes
Additional Trainings (call-in and webinar information same as monthly calls):
NHSN Analysis on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 10am
*NHSN Analysis Powerpoint, Recording of Webinar
NHSN Demo and Q&A on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 11am
NHSN Case Studies on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 10am
NEW! Updated Data Use Agreement (DUA) allowing release of hospital HAI data to the SHARP Unit, with an option to share CAUTI, CLABSI, VAE, and SSI data with MHA Keystone and CLABSI NICU data with the Vermont Oxford Network (VON). ALL hospitals wishing to participate or already participating are required to fill this new document out (date the first page January 1, 2013) and mail to Judy Weber. Please contact Judy Weber or Allison Murad for more information.
NHSN January 2013 Updates (released February 16, 2013)
CDC NHSN Training Meeting Documents October 2-4, 2012 (updated November 19, 2012).
Please review the NHSN VAE newsletter for updates related to use of this protocol.
SHARP Unit Updates
NEW! Issue 4 of the SHARP Newsletter, May 2013
*archived SHARP Newsletters
CRE Confirmatory Testing Criteria
CRE Lab Flow Chart
2011-2012 Semi-Annual HAI Surveillance Report
*archived Michigan HAI Surveillance Reports
State of Michigan SHARP-MPRO-MHA HAI Crosswalk (posted 3/12/2012)
NEW! Seeking successful infection control practices in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. As part of a U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)-funded conference grant, "High Reliability Practices to Reduce Transmission of Infections in Long Term Care," the Joint Commission is seeking examples of effective, successful or high reliability practices that prevent infections in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. These could include effective policies or procedures that prevent infections or stop the transmission of organisms, effective strategies to control infections, or successful ways to communicate with staff, residents, families and other health care facilities. The submissions may be selected for discussion at an invitational roundtable meeting in July 2013 and included (with permission) in education materials made available at no charge to the field later this year. To submit a practice for consideration, please complete the online survey. The survey will be available until June 21, 2013. (Contact: Kris Donofrio, email@example.com)
Current and Proposed Required Reporting to CMS via NHSN for Healthcare Facilities
2012 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Final Rule
Chart of the current and proposed rules (updated September 2012)
Guidance for various facility types on reporting HAI data via NHSN for participation in the CMS IPPS