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Infections Lower

  • Written by Bob Gabrielson
  • Published in News

(5/15/13) The Wisconsin Division of Public Health's annual Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Prevention Program report shows Wisconsin hospitals have dramatically reduced some of the most serious infections to levels that are far lower than the national standard.

View the report at http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/publications/P0/P00340.pdf"During 2012, Wisconsin hospitals prevented 135 of the most serious health care-associated infections," according to Gwen Borlaug, CIC, MPH, coordinator for the HAI Prevention Program at the Wisconsin Division of Public Health. "That's great news for Wisconsin health care consumers and very gratifying and encouraging for everyone involved in this important health care quality improvement effort."

The occurrence of central line-associated infections (CLABSI) in Wisconsin hospitals was 56 percent lower than the national level and 21 percent lower than it was in 2011. The CLABSI occurrence in neonatal intensive care units was 36 percent lower than the national level and 10 percent lower than it was in 2011. 

The catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) rate was 13 percent lower than the national level and 17 percent lower than it was the previous year.

The prevalence of patients identified with one of the most serious infections, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), decreased 16 percent in hospitals from 2011 to 2012. 

"Wisconsin hospitals are absolutely committed to delivering the highest quality, safest care possible and to driving infection rates even lower," said Kelly Court, chief quality officer for the Wisconsin Hospital Association. "This report is evidence that the commitment and efforts are making a difference."

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