Methodology – Data Collection and Forms
- Active Bacterial Core surveillance Case Report Form [2 pages] Updated June 2021
- Neonatal Sepsis Surveillance Form [1 MB, 3 pages] Updated June 2021
- Neonatal Infection Expanded Tracking Form [1 MB, 4 pages] Updated June 2021
- Invasive Pneumococcal Disease in Children [1 page] Updated June 2021
ABCs personnel complete a standardized case report form on all identified cases. This form contains questions on
- Basic demographics
- Underlying conditions
- Risk factors for infection
Surveillance personnel obtain some of the data of interest from the microbiology laboratories. However, all data that are essential for describing the population-based epidemiology of these diseases may not be available in many microbiology laboratories. Therefore, ABCs sites collect patient medical records data to complement laboratory information. Sites obtain medical records data through the cooperation of on-site hospital personnel (e.g., infection preventionists) or through medical record review by county health department personnel or ABCs personnel. Surveillance areas regularly assess the completeness of information collected for each case. If any of the core variables are frequently incomplete, ABCs sites revise the data collection methods to correct the problem.
ABCs sites collect sterile site isolates for each identified case of group A Streptococcus, Haemophilus influenzae, Neisseria meningitidis, and Streptococcus pneumoniae when available. Some sites collect group B Streptococcus isolates. Sites batch isolates and send them to CDC for further testing and characterization.