The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) released the 2011 Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) Report based on data from the 31 hospitals in the state.
Overall, statewide infection rates are showing improvement. A total of 110 HAIs were reported for 2011, compared with 114 in 2010 and 134 in 2009. The overall observed number of HAIs in New Hampshire hospitals was 40 percent lower than predicted based on national data; there were 42 percent fewer central line-associated bloodstream infections and 40 percent fewer surgical site infections.
Statewide adherence to four infection-prevention practices during central line insertions was 95.7 percent (similar to 2010). Antimicrobial prophylaxis was given accurately more often than the national average (over 97 percent). The overall staff influenza vaccination rate was 88.5 percent, which has been significantly improving since 2008 and close to the Healthy People 2020 goal of 90 percent.
To view New Hampshires HAI report, CLICK HERE.