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Ontario reports three more patient safety indicators

Ontario is now reporting three more patient safety indicators as part of a comprehensive plan for transparency in the province’s hospitals. These indicators include bacteraemia infection rates for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) by hospital site. Ontario is also beginning to report hospital standardized mortality ratios (HSMR), calculated annually by the Canadian Institute for Health Information. HSMR is a measure that provides a starting point to assess mortality rates and identify areas for improvement.

Ontario began public reporting on the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care Website of Clostridium difficile associated disease (CDAD) – the first of eight patient safety indicators – in September, 2008. Public reporting on four more patient safety indicators – ventilator-associated pneumonia, central line infections, surgical site infections and hand hygiene compliance – will begin on April 30, 2009.

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