The Texas Department of State Health Services has released the Texas Facility-Specific Health Care Associated Infections (HAI) reports for data reported January 2013 to July 2013. These reports are available for viewing at http://txhsn.dshs.texas.gov/hai/.
To date, 30 states including Texas and the District of Columbia use CDCs National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) to fulfill the requirement of public reporting, creating greater transparency between health care facilities and the public while encouraging greater accountability. Texas legislatively mandated licensed general hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers to report surgical site infections following certain surgical procedures and central line-associated bloodstream infections in adult and neonatal critical care units. Data provided in the facility-specific reports are self-reported by each facility.
Texas Department of State Health Services Clinical Specialist conducted site visits at over 25 healthcare facilities in 2012 to validate reported data.
For additional information regarding HAI data in Texas, visit www.HAITexas.org.