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PA Hospitals Outperformed National Rates on Lowering Health care-associated Infections

March 22, 2019

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published the 2017 National and State Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) Progress Report. This report shows that the U.S. has made significant reductions in several types of health care-associated infections (HAI) and highlights areas where more improvements are needed.

The report provides data from the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) about central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI), catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI), ventilator-associated events (VAE), surgical site infections (SSI), methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bloodstream infections, and Clostridioides difficile (C. difficile) events across three health care settings.

Nationally, among acute care hospitals, data shows that, between 2016 and 2017, there was:

  • About a 9 percent decrease in CLABSIs
  • About a 5 percent decrease in CAUTIs
  • About a 3 percent decrease in VAEs
  • No significant changes in abdominal hysterectomy SSIs
  • No significant changes in colon surgery SSIs
  • About a 8 percent decrease in MRSA bacteremia
  • About a 13 percent decrease in C. difficile infections

Pennsylvania hospitals have outperformed the national rates in 6 out of 7 measures.

  • CLABSI was 21 percent lower
  • CAUTI was 15 percent lower
  • VAE was 7 percent lower
  • Abdominal hysterectomy SSIs was 5 percent higher
  • Colon surgery SSI was 19 percent lower
  • MRSA bacteremia was 22 percent lower
  • C. difficile was 18 percent lower

Pennsylvania hospitals continue to outperform hospitals at the national level, but still have room for improvement. The greatest opportunities are reduction of VAEs and abdominal hysterectomy SSIs.

HAP’s Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) is working with hospitals and health systems to eliminate health care-associated infections and embed strategies as part of a sustainable culture of safe, patient-centric care.

For more information about joining the HIIN HAI projects, please contact Mary Catanzaro, HIIN project manager, or Clare Edelmayer, HIIN project manager.

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