The Pennsylvania agency charged with collecting and disseminating hospital data has adopted a definition of hospital-acquired, or nosocomial, infections, clearing the way for it to begin collecting the information from hospitals as of Jan. 1, 2004. However, the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council has not tackled the issue of releasing the information to the public, a spokesman said. He declined to speculate on when the council might do so. By a 12-1 vote, the council yesterday decided to rely on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's definition that a nosocomial infection is in part a condition "that was not present or incubating at the time of admission to the hospital." Hospitals resisted filing information on nosocomial infections in the past, arguing there was no clear definition. -- by Cinda Becker
Pa. to collect data on hospital-acquired infections
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