OAHHS quality director comments on hospital infection report

Diane Waldo, director of quality and clinical services at the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, spoke with us today about the latest health care-acquired infections report issued from the Oregon Health Authority:

“Oregon hospitals continue to work diligently to provide the best care possible for the patients they serve. Hospital commitment to quality processes and outcomes is evident in this report and aligns with the national Partnership for Patients initiative goals, which are to reduce patient harm by 40 percent and readmissions by 20 percent by December 31, 2013. This current HAI report for Oregon demonstrates that consistent care processes indeed result in reduced patient harm, improved clinical outcomes, and savings to the health care system.”

Oregon hospitals reduced central-line bloodstream infections (CLABSI) by 55 percent from 2009 to 2011, according to the report.  The estimated health care savings for this type of infection from 2009 to 2011 ranges from $600,000 to $2.5 million, the report states.

Moreover, coronary bypass surgical site infection rates dropped 10 percent, and infections from knee replacements have decreased 20 percent.

Oregon is one of 10 states in the country that mandates statewide public reporting for health care-acquired infections. New measures introduced in 2011 include CLABSI in neonatal intensive care units, abdominal hysterectomy surgical site infection, colon surgery surgical site infection, laminectomy surgical site infection, and hip replacement surgical site infection.

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