National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Trailblazers
These Colorado, Illinois and Iowa nursing homes have been recognized by the Telligen QIN-QIO as National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Trailblazers for contributing nearly two years of Clostridiodes difficile (C. diff) infection information to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) NHSN database. The database tracks C. diff infections in nursing homes to help nursing homes and the CDC learn more about the scale and severity of this potentially life-threatening illness.
Only 2,922 long-term care facilities nationwide voluntarily contributed to the NHSN database. According to the CDC, nearly half a million people in the U.S. are sickened each year by C. diff, a bacterium that causes diarrhea and colitis (inflammation of the colon). C. diff is more common among those aged 65 and older and people taking antibiotics, who have been recently hospitalized, who have weakened immune systems or who have been exposed to C. diff before. Nearly one in 11 people over age 65 die of a healthcare-associated C. diff infection within a month of diagnosis.
View the complete list of NHSN Trailblazers in Colorado, Illinois and Iowa here: