HPCI News: Few Iowa Hospitals Report Health Care Acquired Infections Results

To: Members and Selected Others

New data shows that infection rates are still high in U.S. hospitals. No Iowa data is available and only a few hospitals in Iowa have reported.

Though nationally hospitals are making strides in avoiding central line associated blood stream infections and catheter-associated urinary tract infections, a new report shows patients are still experiencing these serious, and sometime fatal, infections too frequently. The report, Health Care-Associated Infections, is the first in a series of five in-depth reports analyzing current health care safety trends in the United States prepared by Castlight Health. It is based upon the Leapfrog Annual Hospital Survey data.

Key findings include:

  • At the majority of hospitals (67%), the central line infection rate was too high
  • Only 25% of hospitals met Leapfrog’s urinary tract infection standard
  • Infection rates vary by state of residence, metropolitan area and choice of hospital
  • Infection rates are declining, but more transparency and quality improvement are needed

Health Care-Acquired Infection Results from the 2015 Leapfrog Hospital Survey


For additional information please contact the HPCI office.

Paul M. Pietzsch, MPH
HPCI - IHBA Office
4430 Ashley Park Drive
West Des Moines, Iowa 50265
(515) 778-6300

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