Hospital-specific surgical infection rates are being made available to the public for the first time in Washington state with a new Web tool.
Wash. puts surgical infection data online
Two state laws, one passed in 2007 and another this year, require the data to be collected and made public. The infection rate information applies to these surgical procedures: heart bypasses and transplants, knee and hip replacements, heart valve and septum surgeries, and vaginal and abdominal hysterectomies.
The public can look up hospitals by county or hospital name, for instance, and compare infection rates to national and state averages.
“Washington’s hospitals are enthusiastic participants in providing this new information about surgical infection rates,” Carol Wagner, vice president for patient safety at the Washington State Hospital Association, said in a statement. “We believe that public reporting helps hospitals improve, assists consumers in making good decisions about hospital care, and creates collaboration between hospitals and quality experts.”
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