How do you determine which unit to “credit” with a bloodstream infection (BSI)? E.g., on May 2 patient is in the medical ICU; on May 3 patient is transferred to the coronary ICU; symptoms develop on May 4. Which unit is “credited”? 5/20/2005
The patient is followed for 48 hours after transfer to another unit. If a BSI develops within that 48 hour period, the original unit is “credited” with the infection. See the definition for "Transfer Rule".