Hospitals have another tool to prevent patient errors after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week introduced the first national surveillance system to track adverse events in patients who receive blood transfusions.
System to monitor adverse events in recipients
Part of the agency’s National Healthcare Safety Network, the new Hemovigilance Module allows healthcare-associated infection data to be tracked and analyzed by the CDC and hospitals to prevent errors. The CDC is encouraging hospitals to enroll at no charge to the facilities. The idea has been in development for years and a pilot project began last May, according to Matthew Kuehnert, director of the CDC’s Office of Blood, Organ and Other Tissue Safety. Kuehnert said it helped having the National Healthcare Safety Network already in place so that “we didn’t have to build from scratch.” The CDC defines the NHSN as a voluntary, secure, Internet-based surveillance system that integrates and expands legacy patient and healthcare personnel safety surveillance systems managed by the agency’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion.
“Unlike other countries, our system is quite fragmented—our blood and transfusion system and our healthcare system,” Kuehnert said. “It’s an ongoing theme in trying to make healthcare more integrated and efficient.”
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