Wednesday, January 13, 2010
New Pennsylvania report on HAIs
Pennsylvania has just released its state-wide report on healthcare associated infections (HAIs). This is the first report generated under the new rules that require all PA hospitals to use NHSN definitions and report infections occurring hospitalwide via NHSN. It covers the time period July-December 2008. The report is huge and I suspect it's a bit overwhelming for the average consumer. But it contains a large amount of data on bloodstream infections and urinary tract infections. Approximately 14,000 HAIs were reported over the 6-month period from 213 hospitals, for an overall rate of 2.84 infections/1,000 patient days. Of note, MRSA accounted for 8% of the HAIs occurring hospital-wide.