Hospitals in New York state had higher infection rates in their surgical intensive-care units but lower-than-average pediatric and coronary ICU infection rates, according to a new report.
The state health department released its first annual hospital-acquired infections report, required under a 2005 law. The report contains 2007 data for statewide trends in central line-associated blood stream infections in critical-care patients, and in surgical-site infections associated with colon and coronary artery bypass graft procedures.
New York hospitals had higher surgical ICU central-line infection rates compared with the national average, but central-line infections occurred less frequently in the neurosurgical and pediatric ICUs, according to the report. Patients considered to be high-risk for a surgical-site infection following a colon procedure had fewer infections in New York hospitals, but patients in the medium-low risk category had a rate of infection higher than the national average.
Next years report, based on 2008 data, will include the names of individual hospitals and their infection rates, and will track infection rates for hip-replacement procedures as well, the state said. (For more on HAIs, please see Modern Healthcare's June 30 cover story: Infectious dilemma.) -- by Jean DerGurahian