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Study finds variation in surgical site infection monitoring and reporting by state

A study published in the Journal for Healthcare Quality finds there is wide variation in state monitoring and reporting of SSI rates. The study – Variation in Surgical Site Infection Monitoring and Reporting by State – was designed to describe the current status of SSI reporting in the United States, reviewing SSI monitoring and reporting legislation in all 50 states in September 2010. Data collected included whether SSI monitoring and reporting legislation exists, if public reporting is required, how the data are accessible, and for which procedures SSI data are reported.  Findings from the study show that twenty-one (42%) states have legislation for SSI monitoring and reporting. All 21 of these states require public release of findings. Of the states with legislation, eight (38%) currently have SSI data available publicly. A range of two to seven procedures were reported for SSI measurement by individual states. Eighteen (86%) states use state agency websites to make their data publicly available.  The study concludes that standardized reporting may be needed so that consumers can make informed health choices based on quality metrics.

Additional:  States that require SSI reporting include Alabama, California, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maine, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Washington (Consumers Union Safe Patient Project).  Of those 21 states,  the following 10 states make this SSI data publicly available: California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Vermont.

Read full study: Variation in Surgical Site Infection Monitoring and Reporting by State – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22385154/

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