Reported health care-associated infections in Indiana hospitals are lower than predicted in most cases, according to the first Indiana Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) report, which will serve as a benchmark for infection prevention efforts in the state.
|William VanNess, M.D.
State Health Commissioner
“We developed this report as part of a national effort to reduce health care-associated infections,” said State Health Commissioner William VanNess, M.D.
Last January, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) required all Indiana hospitals to submit HAI data. The report found:
- The overall number of central line-associated bloodstream infections was 41 percent lower than predicted, based on national data.
- Surgical site infections associated with abdominal hysterectomies were 39 percent lower than predicted, based on national data. Hospitals in Indiana exceeded the national goal of a 25 percent reduction by the end of 2013.
- The overall observed number of catheter-associated urinary tract infection ratio was 12 percent more than predicted, based on national data. The national prevention target is 25 percent reduction.
The Indiana Antibiotic Resistance Advisory Committee is working to provide recommendations and guidelines for infection prevention and control measures, antibiotic stewardship, surveillance, laboratory testing and educational opportunities for health care providers, laboratories and the public.
Read the complete report here.
The Joint Commission has developed a toolkit to help reduce central line-association bloodstream infections related to the use of central venous catheters. It’s available here.