Thursday, September 23, 2010

New York State releases HAI report

Earlier this month, the New York State Department of Health released its 3rd annual report on hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). Some good news from the report:

1. Surgical site infection (SSI) rate in New York was 5.3 per 100 procedures, lower than the national average of 5.6 per 100 procedures and has been declining since 2007, when New York first started reporting HAIs.

2. Central line associated blood stream infection (CLABSI) rate has fallen 18% in the last two years.

3. The dollar savings associated with reduction in CLABSI rates in adults, pediatrics, and neonatal ICUs in New York was estimated to be between ~$2.5M and $10M.

One of the report's recommendations was that hospitals need to integrate health information technology systems to enhance infection prevention and reporting efforts.

Full Report Here

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