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Strength of Recommendation and Quality of Evidence Category/Grade Definition Strength of Recommendation A B C Quality of Evidence I II III Good evidence to support a recommendation for or against use. Moderate evidence to support a recommendation for or against use. Poor evidence to support a recommendation. Evidence from ≥ 1 properly randomized, controlled trial. Evidence from ≥ 1 well-designed clinical trial, without randomization; from cohort or case-controlled analytic studies (preferably from > 1 center); from multiple time-series; or from dramatic results from uncontrolled experiments. Evidence from opinions of respected authorities, based on clinical experience, descriptive studies, or reports of expert committees. Source Yokoe DS, Mermel LA, Anderson DA, et al. A compendium of strategies to prevent healthcare-associated infections in acute care hospitals. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2008;29(Suppl 1):S12-S21 Abbreviations CAUTI, catheter-associated urinary tract infection; CDI, Clostridium difficile infection; CLABSI, central line-associated bloodstream infection; ICU, intensive care unit; MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus; SSI, surgical site infection; VAP, ventilator- associated pneumonia Disclaimer This Guideline attempts to define principles of practice that should produce high-quality patient care. It focuses on the needs of primary care practice but also is applicable to providers at all levels. This Guideline should not be considered exclusive of other methods of care reasonably directed at obtaining the same results. The ultimate judgment concerning the propriety of any course of conduct must be made by the clinician aſter consideration of each individual patient situation. Neither IGC, the medical associations, nor the authors endorse any product or service associated with the distributor of this clinical reference tool. HAI081113 5740 Executive Drive Suite 218 Baltimore, MD 21228 TEL: 410-869-3332 • FAX: 410-744-2150 For additional copies: orders@GuidelineCentral.com Copyright © 2011 All rights reserved

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