Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Most Colorado Medical Facilities Meet National Standards for Infection Rates
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s seventh annual Health Care Associated Infections report shows how infection rates at individual facilities compare to national standards for selected surgeries and medical procedures.
In 2013, 99 percent of infection reports in Colorado met or exceeded the national standard for infection rates, compared to 96 percent in 2011. Additionally, only 1 percent of facility reports scored “worse” than the national standard in 2013, down from 4 percent in 2011.
The report compares the incidence of health care-associated infections at Colorado facilities to the national mean and shows whether each facility was the “same,” “better” or “worse” than the national standard. The report provides a general measure of infection prevention and assists consumers with decisions about where to receive health care. Consumers should consider many sources of information when deciding where to receive health care. This report provides information about infection counts and rates, procedures and patient volume.
As part of comprehensive reform to address health care-associated infections, 35 states, including Colorado, have mandated public health care-associated infection reporting to create greater transparency between health care facilities and the public. Colorado’s legislatively mandated report contains data, self-reported by each facility, for the following:
surgical site infections in breast, cardiac, orthopedic and abdominal surgeries
central line-associated bloodstream infections in adult and neonatal critical care units, long-term acute care hospitals and rehabilitation hospitals and wards
dialysis-related infections in outpatient dialysis treatment centers
Reporting volume has increased because additional surgical procedures (breast and colon surgeries) have been added to the reporting, and new types of facilities (such as rehab hospitals) now are required to report infections. The number of reporting facilities increased from 181 in 2011 to 210 in 2013. Additionally, the number of submitted reports increased from 548 in 2011 to 677 in 2013.
When reviewing facilities, it is important to consider that infection rates can be influenced by factors such as better surveillance and reporting or less healthy populations, rather than poor infection control practices. To assess the validity of reported data, the department’s Health and Safety Data Services Section has conducted validation studies on central line-associated bloodstream infections, hernia surgical site infections, hip and knee surgical site infections and dialysis infections. All four validation studies helped identify areas of misunderstanding about infection surveillance and reporting. Two more validation studies for central line infections and infections related to dialysis are scheduled for 2014.
New Funds for Colorado Traffic Safety
In 2012, the total number of motor vehicle fatalities in Colorado increased for the first time in six years after a steady decline. Speed-related fatalities, fatalities with a driver impaired by alcohol, and unbuckled occupant vehicles fatalities accounted for the three largest proportions of motor vehicle deaths in Colorado. Of 472 motor vehicle deaths in 2012, 162 (34 percent) were speed-related and an estimated 133 (28 percent) involved a driver impaired by alcohol. Of major concern is that of the 287 passenger vehicle fatalities, 156 (54 percent) were unbuckled.
To combat these and other traffic safety issues, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Office of Transportation Safety offers grant funds through the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) to agencies, organizations and tribal governments within the State of Colorado that provide programs, projects, services and strategies that are intended to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries resulting from traffic crashes on Colorado roadways.
“Focusing prevention efforts related to speed, impaired driving and seat belt use provide the greatest opportunity to impact the total number of fatalities on Colorado roadways,” said Darrell Lingk, Director of the Office of Transportation Safety at CDOT. “But there are many other traffic safety issues that also need attention, such as pedestrian safety and impaired driving involving marijuana. It’s through our local communities that we move the needle in terms of decreasing motor vehicle fatalities and serious injury crashes.”
The total projected funding available is $3.5 million and the average award amount typically ranges from $50,000-$75,000.
In High School Sports Over The Weekend:
Moffat County beat Battle Mountain 64-14
Moffat County defeated Coal Ridge 60-18
The Hayden girls lost to West Grand (58-53).
The Meeker boys beat Vail Christian (62-51).
The SoRoCo girls beat North Park (77-49)
Steamboat’s boys beat Palisade (61-54). The girls lost (39-34).
The SoRoCo Boys fell to West Grand 55-48
SoRoCo girls beat West Grand 64-47
Steamboat boys beat Delta 66-54
Steamboat girls fell to Delta 42-36
Moffat County boys beat Basalt 83-61
Moffat County girls defeated Basalt 95-15
Hayden North Park
Meeker boys lost to Little Snake River Valley 53-52
Meeker girls fell to Little Snake River Valley 44-43
Rangely Vail Christian