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  • Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, Volume 32, Issue 2
  • February 2011, pp. 163-165

History of SHEA-Sponsored Research: Time to Pass the Torch

  • Bryan Simmons (a1), Barbara I. Braun (a2), James P. Steinberg (a3) and Stephen B. Kritchevsky (a4) (a5)
  • DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/657938
  • Published online: 01 January 2015
Abstract

Since its inception, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) has promoted research into prevention of adverse events in hospitals. In 1995, SHEA made this mission concrete by initiating a collaborative research project with the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Health Care Organization (now known as the Joint Commission). In the early 1990s, the Joint Commission was implementing its “Agenda for Change” and associated Indicator Monitoring System. At the time, there were numerous competing measurement systems that used different definitions, all aimed at measuring the quality of patient care, and many had indicators measuring the incidence of hospital-acquired infections. Some of these indicators used administrative data, such as International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) codes, to measure adverse events.

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Infection Prevention Department, Methodist Healthcare, 1211 Union Avenue, Suite 811 MPB, Memphis, TN 38104 (simmonsb@methodisthealth.org)
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2.BP Simmons , PM Schyve . SHEA and JCAHO: partners in science. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 1996;16(1):56.

4.SB Kritchevsky , BI Braun , PA Gross , CS Newcomb , CA Kelleher , BS Simmons . Definition and adjustment of cesarean rates and assessments of hospital performance. Int J Qual Health Care 1999;11(4):283291.

5.PA Gross , BI Braun , SB Kritchevsky , BP Simmons . Comparison of clinical indicators for performance measurement of healthcare quality: a cautionary note. Clin Perform Qual Health Care 2000;8(4):202211.

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7.ZA Memish , Y Arabi , G Cunningham , et al; the EPIC Study Group. Comparison of US and non-US central venous catheter infection rates: evaluation of processes and indicators in infection control study. Am J Infect Control 2003;31:237242.

8.BI Braun , SB Kritchevsky , ES Wong , et al.Preventing central venous catheter-associated primary bloodstream infections: characteristics of practices among hospitals participating in the Evaluation of Processes and Indicators in Infection Control (EPIC) Study. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2003;24(12):936945.

10.SB Kritchevsky , BI Braun , L Kusek , et al.The impact of hospital practice on central venous catheter-associated bloodstream infection rates at the patient and unit level: a multi-center study. Am J Med Qual 2008;23(1):2438.

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13.JP Steinberg , BI Braun , WC Hellinger , et al.Timing of antimicrobial prophylaxis and the risk of surgical site infection. Ann Surg 2009;250(1)1016.

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