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