The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) recently released its first annual Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Report. The report was developed as part of a national effort to reduce HAIs and improve healthcare quality.
Indiana’s report contains state-mandated infection data from 119 hospitals reporting central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) in adult, pediatric, and neonatal intensive care units; catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) in adult and pediatric intensive care units; and surgical site infections (SSI) associated with abdominal hysterectomies and colon surgeries. Indiana hospitals reported 41 percent fewer CLABSIs than predicted based on national data, as well as 39 percent fewer SSIs associated with abdominal hysterectomies. There was no significant change since baseline in the number of SSIs associated with colon surgeries. The number of CAUTIs reported was 12 percent higher than predicted based on national data.
The ISDH says it is committed to preventing infections and will continue to monitor and report HAI data. This initial report will serve as a benchmark for infection prevention efforts in Indiana hospitals, while future reports will show progress towards state and national prevention goals.
The 2012 HAI Report may be found on the ISDH website at http://www.in.gov/isdh/files/2012_Indiana_Healthcare_Associated_Infections_Report.pdf.