State of Colorado Issues New Annual Report on Facility-Acquired Infections

January 18, 2012

The State of Colorado, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has issued a new annual status report on the state’s Health Facility-Acquired Infections Disclosure Initiative.  The report was issued on January 13, 2012.

The report contains facility-acquired infection data from Colorado hospitals, hospital units, long-term acute care hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and dialysis treatment centers.

Infection measures reported include surgical site infections (SSIs), central line-associated bloodstream infections, and dialysis-related infections.

Dr. Chris Urbina, the department’s executive director and chief medical officer, said, “In all years of reporting this data but one, Colorado hospitals are significantly better than the national mean.”

The report includes a table of aggregate central line-associated bloodstream infection data for Colorado hospitals divided by year. Since 2008, infection rates have declined by 44 percent overall. The greatest decline was observed in neonatal intensive care units with a rate of 2.7 in 2007 dropping to a rate of 1.2 by 2011, a 56 percent decrease.

A new table in this year’s report contains hospital-specific comparisons to national data based on all the different infections reported by each facility. This comparison is accomplished through the use of a standardized infection ratio, which compares a hospital’s total number of infections to the expected number of infections based on national infection data and each facility’s patient population. For each reporting year from 2007, every hospital listed has a total number of infections per year, a standardized infection ratio and a comparison to national infection data. The table also contains an aggregate number of infections for all Colorado hospitals and compares Colorado hospitals, as a group, to the national data.

Click here to view the report.

Click here to view the news release.

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