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 www.health.state.pa.us.  The report can be found at http://www.portal.health.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/department_of_health_home/17457

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