In order to make sure that every member of the team is clear about the definitions that will be used, we have provided a list of key terms along with commonly used definitions for each term.

Additionally, we define both the process (also known “intermediate outcome”) measures as well as the clinically-relevant outcome measures that will be used to evaluate the program.

These definitions were provided to us from the North Carolina Center for Hospital Quality and Patient Safety, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and from a toolkit used by the Michigan Health and Hospital Association written by Mohamad G. Fakih, MD, MPH, Sanjay Saint, MD, MPH, Sarah Krein, RN, PhD., and Russ Olmsted, MPH, CIC.  We have modified the definitions and the material as appropriate, based on the literature.

Finally, we also provide recent material and definitions used by the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) as a reference source.

Definitions (PDF)