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Proposed Data Collections Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publishes a list of information collection requests under review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). To request a copy of these requests, call the CDC Reports Clearance Officer at (404) 498-1210 or send an e-mail to Send written comments to CDC Desk Officer, Human Resources and Housing Branch, New Executive Office Building, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503 or by fax to (202) 395-6974. Written comments should be received within 30 days of this notice. Start Printed Page 61385

Proposed Project

National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN)—New—National Center for Infectious Disease (NCID), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

OMB first approved the information collection now known as the “National Nosocomial Infections Surveillance (NNIS) System” (OMB No.0920-0012) in 1970; it approved the “National Surveillance System for Healthcare Workers(NaSH)” (OMB 0920-0417) in 1997, and the “Surveillance for Bloodstream and Vascular Access Infections in Outpatient Hemodialysis Centers” (OMB No. 0920-0442) in 1999. These three data collections have been modified and are being merged to create the NHSN. The NHSN will evolve with the addition of modules and participating healthcare institutions from a wide spectrum of settings.

The NHSN is a knowledge system for accumulating, exchanging, and integrating relevant information and resources among private and public stakeholders to support local and national efforts to protect patients and to promote healthcare safety. Specifically, the data will be used to determine the magnitude of various healthcare-associated adverse events and trends in the rates of these events among patients and healthcare workers with similar risks. They will be used to detect changes in the epidemiology of adverse events resulting from new and current medical therapies and changing risks.

Healthcare institutions that participate in NHSN voluntarily report their data to the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion in the National Center for Infectious Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through the National Electronic Disease Surveillance System that uses a web browser-based technology for data entry and data management. Data are collected by trained surveillance personnel using written standardized protocols. The table below shows the estimated annual burden in hours to collect and report data. The total burden hours are 65,817.

TitleNo. of respondentsNo. of responses/respondentBurden per response (in hrs.)
Facility Contact Information350110/60
Patient Safety Component Facility Characteristics350130/60
Agreement To Participate and Consent350115/60
Group Contact Information35015/60
Patient Safety Monthly Reporting Plan350925/60
Healthcare Personnel Safety Reporting Plan90210/60
Patient Data*
Primary Bloodstream Infection (BSI)**2003625/60
Pneumonia (PNEU)2007225/60
Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)2002725/60
Surgical Site Infection (SSI)2002725/60
Dialysis Incident (DI)809012/60
Custom Event (not reported to CDC)
Antimicrobial Use and Resistance (AUR)—Microbiology Laboratory Data**20453
Antimicrobial Use and Resistance (AUR)—Pharmacy Data**20362
Denominators for Intensive Care Unit (ICU)/Other Locations (Not NICU or SCA)245185
Denominators for Specialty Care Area (SCA)7595
Denominators for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)10094
Denominators for Procedure2005405/60
Dialysis Log Form (Not reported to CDC)
Denominators for Outpatient Dialysis8095/60
Patient Safety Component—Hemodialysis Center Practices Survey8011
List of Blood Isolates+35011
Manual Categorization of Positive Blood Cultures+35011
Exposures to Blood/Body Fluids90421
Healthcare Personnel Post Exposure Prophylaxis90615/60
Healthcare Personnel Demographic Data904210/60
Healthcare Personnel Vaccination History904215/60
Annual Facility Survey9015.5
Implementation of Engineering Controls90130/60
Healthcare Personnel Survey901010/60
* Data on Patient Data Form are entered as part of an adverse event (AE), so the burden of these data are included under each AE form's burden estimate.
** Burden will be eliminated when reporting these data once an HHSN institution implements electronic data capture.
+ Burden during Validation phase only, then eliminated.
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Dated: October 12, 2004.

Alvin Hall,

Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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[FR Doc. 04-23220 Filed 10-15-04; 8:45 am]