South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has begun posting hospital infection rates on its Web site – (Healthcare Associated Infections Report).
The information, which was collected over a five-month period in 2007, includes the number of infections patients acquired while receiving treatment at a hospital.
Online infection reporting was mandated by state law. DHEC will report verified findings to the state Legislature beginning in 2009.
South Carolina joins Pennsylvania, Missouri and Vermont in publicizing infection rates online.