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.
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IN HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS OVER THE WEEKEND:
The Soroco boys and girls beat Belleview Christian (B=61-45; G=47-46).
Little Snake River Valley boys beat Cokeville 62-52
Little Snake River Valley boys beat Farson-Eden 56-43
Little Snake River girls beat Cokeville 41-33
Little Snake River girls defeated Farson-Eden 45-28
The Moffat County boys and girls beat Coal Ridge (B=70-51; G=59-48).
The Hayden girls beat Vail Christian (42-38). The boys lost (58-49).
Moffat County boys defeated Grand Valley 77-68
Moffat County girls fell to Grand Valley 58-40
Meeker girls beat Plateau Valley 58-43
Meeker defeated Plateau Valley 80-23
Rangely boys beat Debeque 67-34
Steamboat girls lost to Glenwood 28-20
Steamboat beat Battle Mountain (3-1).
Steamboat bet Mullen 6-0
In girls swimming:
Moffat County took 3rd at their home meet.
In Nordic skiing:
Steamboat tied for 5th at their home meet.
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