Mandatory reporting of HAIs

Today's Denver Post has an article on public reporting of healthcare associated infections by local hospitals. It's a balanced report. The positive effect of more interventions to reduce infections is noted. On the other hand, the report also notes problems such as validity (can we believe that a hospital had no infections?) and misclassification (some patients with prosthetic knee infections had traumatic injuries outside the hospital setting), and questions whether patients are actually using the data.


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