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Oregon’s hospitals report a reduction in healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) during 2009-2011

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The Office of Health Policy and Reseach in Oregon released report on Healthcare acquired infections in Oregon for 2009-2011. Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) in hospital intensive care units (ICUs) have decreased 55% from 2009 – 2011, and the estimated healthcare cost savings for this infection ranges from $600,000 to $2.5 million during those years.  In addition, Oregon has demonstrated a 10% reduction in surgical site infections (SSIs) from coronary artery bypass graft surgeries and a 20% reduction in SSIs from knee replacement surgeries since 2009.

The report highlights:

In 2011, Oregon introduced 5 new HAI measures and 4 are now below the national average.

*CLABSIs in ICUs (44% lower)
*Abdominal hysterectomy SSIs (21% lower)
*Colon surgery SSIs (20% lower)
*Laminectomy SSIs (31% lower)

However, the hip replacement SSI rate was reported to be 13% higher than the national average.

Oregon’s HAI report can be accessed at the following link: http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPR/pages/hai_report.aspx

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