New Hampshire Issues Healthcare-Associated Infections Annual Report

August 8, 2011

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, try Division of Public Health Services, sickness Infectious Disease Surveillance Section (NH DHHS), has issued its 2010 Healthcare-Associated Infections Report (Report).

The report, released on August 1, 2011, contains HAI data reported by thirty-one New Hampshire hospitals during 2010.  The report is mandated by state law.  It is the second summary of HAI-related data issued by NH DHHS.

According to a press released issued by NH DHHS, the report “looks at the rates of specific HAIs: central line-associated bloodstream infections and surgical site infections following heart, colon, and knee surgeries.” Additionally, the report gives data on hospital compiance with other protective measures such as infection prevention practices during central line insertions, appropriate use of antimicrobials during surgery, and hospital staff influenza vaccination rates.

Improvements in Statewide Infection Rates

The press release indicates an improvement in statewide infection rates:

Overall, statewide infection rates are showing improvement over last year. A total of 114 HAIs were reported for 2010, compared with 134 in 2009. The overall observed number of HAIs in New Hampshire hospitals was 39% lower than expected, based on national data; there were 55% fewer central line-associated bloodstream infections and 35% fewer surgical site infections.

 Statewide adherence to four infection-prevention practices during central line insertions was 96.8% (significantly improved since 2009), antimicrobial prophylaxis was given accurately more often than the national average (over 97%), and the overall staff influenza vaccination rate was 77.4%, which has been significantly improving since 2008.

 “The hospitals have been working with the Department for three years on this project and I want to commend them for all of their hard work,” said Dr. José Montero. “The numbers are showing improvement over last year so we are encouraged by that and hope to see a continued improvement in the future.”

To view the report, click here.

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