Pennsylvania Issues Report Showing Improvements in Healthcare-Associated Infections

June 25, 2010

Pennsylvania Governor Rendell released a report that shows Pennsylvania hospitals have witnessed marked improvements in the rates of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).   In a news release issued June 24, medical 2010, the Office of the Governor states that from 2008 to 2009, the commonwealth saw a 12.5% decrease in HAIs.

HAIs were reported by 250 Pennsylvania hospitals.  A total of 25,914 HAIs occurred, translating to an overall statewide rate of 2.37 HAIs per 1,000 patient days.

The report emphasizes two specific HAIs in hospital-to-hospital comparisons: catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) and central line blood stream infections (CLABSIs).

To read the report, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Healh online at  The report can be found at

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