Users of WhyNotTheBest.org can search for and compare data from nearly 1,000 hospitals on the incidence of central line–associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs)—one of the most lethal hospital-acquired complications. The updated data show wide variation in CLABSI incidence, despite strong evidence on how to prevent these infections. The data are available on WhyNotTheBest.org through a partnership among The Commonwealth Fund, The Leapfrog Group, and Consumers Union. Click here for information on how to locate hospitals reporting CLABSI data.
The goal of WhyNotTheBest.org is to foster health care quality improvement by promoting transparency and public reporting, and by providing tools and case studies to aid organizations in their own improvement efforts. According to patient safety expert Lucian Leape, M.D., public reporting and feedback are the best ways to encourage providers to deliver safer health care.