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    Infectious Disease Control Unit
    Mail Code: 1960
    PO BOX 149347 - Austin, TX 78714-9347
    1100 West 49th Street, Suite T801
    Austin, TX 78714

    Phone: 512 776 7676
    Fax: (512) 776-7616



Resources for Infection Preventionists

Antibiogram, 2012

Verification Audit Tools

Infection Preventionist  (PDF)

HAI Training Materials for Texas Reporting

Texas HAI Reporting and Validation Webinars - Below are two 30 minute webinars (one targeted to Texas Local and Regional Health Departments and one for Texas Healthcare Facilities) that review the Texas (HAI) reporting process and current and future plans for validating these data.

Introduction to TXHSN HAI Users Guide (PDF PowerPoint) December 2015

Introduction to TxHSN: PAE & HAI Users Guide (PDF PowerPoint) December 2015

HAI Reporting Update, October 2013 (PDF)

Mandatory Reporting of Health Care-Associated Infections in Texas (PDF) Fall 2011

TxHSN Facilities Error Report: Explanation of Error Types (PDF)

Getting Started with NHSN and TxHSN (PDF, 124 KB)

Texas General Hospital Confer Rights Instructions (PDF, May 2014)

Texas ASC Confer Rights Instructions (PDF, May 2014)

National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN)

NHSN Enrollment Instructions (PDF)

Surveillance Reporting

National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Training and Enrollment Requirements for the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program

UPDATED: The Association for Prevention of Infection and Control (APIC) is providing free NHSN reporting training. The following contains the content of the training sessions.

NHSN Training Slides Part 1 (PDF, 9,399 KB)

NHSN Training Slides Part 2 (PDF, 9,911 KB)

NOTE: The CDC Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion has endorsed the DSHS/APIC NHSN training as meeting the requirements for a face-to-face NHSN training. The CDC NHSN Program recommends you also review their training sessions (, especially for those protocols and topics which may not have been covered during CDC-endorsed trainings. When registering as a user of NHSN, you may enter the date of the CDC-endorsed training you attended as the training completion date.

Incomplete/Missing Alerts Instructional Guide (PDF, 130 MB)

How to Report Zero CLABSI  (PDF)

How to Report Zero Surgical or SSI Events  (PDF)

ICU Type Definitions   

Texas National Healthcare Safety Network Course: Using Excel to Import Knee Surgical Denominators (PDF)
           NHSN spreadsheet example (XML 61KB)

Healthcare Facility HAI Reporting Requirements to CMS via NHSN-Current and Proposed Requirements (PDF)

HAI Related Acronyms

HAI - health care-associated infection
CLABSI - central line-associated bloodstream infection
NHSN - National Healthcare Safety Network
ASC - ambulatory surgical center
DSHS - Department of State Health Services
LTAC - long-term acute care (facility)
ICU - intensive care unit
CCU - critical care unit
IP - infection preventionist
SSI - surgical site infection
RSV - respiratory syncytial virus
PAE - preventable adverse event
CMS - Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
CABGs - coronary artery bypass grafts
IPPS - Inpatient Prospective Payment System
NICU - neonatal intensive care unit
ICD-9-CM - International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision Clinical Modification
SIR - standardized infection ratio
DHQP- Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion
APIC - Association for Prevention of Infection and Control
MRSA - methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus
MDRO - multi drug resistant organisms
CDI - clostridium difficile infection
SHEA - The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America
VAE - ventilator-associated event
VAP- ventilator-associated pneumonia 

HAI Related Resources

Sepsis Alliance

American Health Quality Association

HICPAC Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee

Institute for Healthcare Improvement

The Joint Commission

The National Coalition on Health Care

National Health Care Safety Network (NHSN)

National Quality Forum

Texas Administrative Code Title 25, Chapter 200 (Health Care-Associated Infections)

Texas Health and Safety Code Chapter 98 (PDF, 75 KB)

Texas Hospital Association


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Last updated July 20, 2016