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New York Hospitals Have Lower Rates of Surgical-Site Infections

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New York hospitals have lower rates of surgical-site infections than the rest of the nation but the same or higher rates of central line-associated bloodstream infections in intensive care units than those reported nationally, the New York State Health Department (DOH) announced today in its second annual Hospital-Acquired Infections, New York State 2008 Report.

For the first time, the report presents 2008 hospital-acquired infection (HAI) rates identified by hospital name and New York region for surgical site infections (colon, coronary artery bypass graft, and hip replacement) and central-line associated blood stream infections in adult, pediatric, and neonatal intensive care units (ICUs).

New York is the first state to utilize the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthcare Safety Network system for HAI reporting, using data collected in 2008 from 186 hospitals that performed the selected surgical procedures or provided intensive care. Data on hip replacement surgery was included for the first time.

Among the major findings of the report:

  • Colon surgical-site infection rates decreased significantly in 2008 and were lower than 2006-2007 national rates.
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) chest infection rates for 2008 declined from a year ago and were significantly lower when compared with 2006-2007 national rates. CABG donor vessel surgical-site infection rates were identical to 2007 State rates and 2006-2007 national rates.
  • Hip replacement surgical-site infection rate of 1.3 percent for 2008 was not statistically different than the national rate of 1.5 percent in 2006-2007.
  • Central line-associated bloodstream infection rates in ICUs for 2008 were the same or higher than 2006-2007 national rates.

The full report, including hospital-specific results, is available at: http://www.nyhealth.gov/statistics/facilities/hospital/hospital_acquired_infections/.

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