Pennsylvania Issues Third Annual Healthcare-Associated Infections Report

October 12, 2011

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has released its annual report on healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).  The report, the third issued by the state, is a compilation of data collected from Pennsylvania hospitals during 2010.

The report includes HAI-related information pertaining to catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI), central line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSI), and six different forms of surgical site infections (SSIs).

Comparing data between 2009 and 2010, the report shows a 3.4 percent decrease in the overall HAI rate in Pennsylvania.  There was a significant decline of 24.4 percent in CLABSI occurrence.

“The findings in this report signify Pennsylvania’s ability to maintain and improve upon quality health care for its citizens,” said Secretary of Health Dr. Eli N. Avila. “We must continue to decrease HAIs in order to provide better and more cost-effective care.”

For more information, read the Pennsylvania Department of Health press release about the report, or visit the Department’s HAI webpage to read the full annual report.  The two previous reports issued by the state are also available from this link.

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