Denominators for Specialty Care Area (SCA) - NHSN Mobile App
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Device days and patient days are used for denominators.
How does it work?
Device-day denominator data that are collected differ according to the location of the patients being monitored; however, they should be collected at the same time each day. This app can be used for an intensive care unit, emergency department, or primary care facility to ensure quality assurance.
For specialty care areas, the number of patients with one or more central lines is dichotomized into those with permanent central lines and those with temporary central lines on the Denominators for Specialty Care Area mobile app. Each is collected daily, at the same time each day. Only the total for the month are entered into NHSN. This distinction in lines is made because permanent lines are commonly used in patients frequenting these areas and may have lower rates of associated infection than central lines inserted for temporary use.
This app can be downloaded to an iPhone, iPad, or Android device. All report periods can be emailed or printed as a PDF if you need to sent it to others within your health care facility.