Wow. I just read the second article that Mike posted Saturday out of the Chicago Tribune and I kinda wish I didn't. I'll paste the section that scared me a bit below, but it appears that someone might have been fired for "over-reporting HAIs", which is a bit scary to me. There is tremendous pressure to not call a BSI , a CLABSI, which I think is now part of the getting to zero culture. I wonder what percent of the way towards zero will be paved with these sorts of statements:
"Thorek's infection rate was the highest of all medical centers in Illinois. Frank Solare, Thorek's president and chief executive officer, said hospital officials have collected medical charts for the 22 infected patients and have "started an independent review … to try and understand this."
Asked why the Lakeview hospital didn't take action last year, Thorek's compliance officer Morgan Murphy said a former employee didn't alert senior management to the problem. "It wasn't making its way up the chain, unfortunately," he said.
Senior management also suspects that the employee may have counted central line infections incorrectly, inflating the hospital's numbers. "There may have been over-reporting," Murphy said."