Rhode Island Updates MRSA Bloodstream Infections Report

June 7, 2011

The Rhode Island Department of Health issues several public reports comparing hospitals on certain quality clinical measures.

Reports related to preventing poor outcomes include:

  • Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI);
  • methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bloodstream infections;
  • hospital-acquired pressure ulcers;
  • hospital employee influenza (flu) vaccines;
  • hand hygiene; and
  • surgical care improvement project.

The state’s MRSA bloodstream infections report was recently updated on May 27, 2011.

The report presents data for MRSA bloodstream infections reported on the Rhode Island Department of Health’s website for the period of January to March 2011. It contains facility specific information for the following hospital unit types:

  • coronary critical care units (CCUs),
  • medical intensive care units (MICUs),
  • medical/surgical critical care units (ICUs) at major teaching hospitals,
  • medical/surgical critical care units (ICUs) at all other (non-teaching) hospitals,
  • pediatric medical/surgical intensive care units (PICUs),
  • surgical care units (SICUs), and
  • surgical cardiothoracic critical care untis.

For each ICU, two numbers are calculated: the MRSA CLABSI incidence is calculated as a rate, and a standardized infection ratio (SIR). Each hospital’s rate is compared to those of other hospitals nationally by using SIRs.

To view the May report, visit the Department of Health’s Data webpage.

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