Pennsylvania hospitals have continued to make headway in their efforts to curb rates of healthcare-associated infections, according to a newly released report from the state's health department.
Pa. hospitals see decline in infection rates, report finds
Hospitals’ overall rate of central line-associated bloodstream infections dropped more than 24%, when compared with data from 2009. And statewide, the number of catheter-associated urinary tract infections in hospitals fell 13% from 3733 reported in 2009 to 3245 in 2010.
Pennsylvania hospitals are required to report healthcare-associated infections using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthcare Safety Network, an online surveillance and prevention system.
“The findings in this report signify Pennsylvania’s ability to maintain and improve upon quality healthcare for its citizens,” said Dr. Eli Avila, Pennsylvania’s secretary of health, in a news release.
The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania said the report’s findings demonstrated that prevention initiatives have been successful. But the organization also warned that cuts to Medicare and Medicaid could slow quality improvement efforts and jeopardize patient safety.
“As the congressional ‘super committee’ gets to work this fall, it is imperative that members of the panel—and by extension all members of Congress—understand that ongoing clinical improvement requires adequate payments from government programs, which continue to pay hospitals less than the cost of care,” Carolyn Scanlon, HAP’s president and CEO, said in a news release.
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