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Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment Releases Healthcare-Associated Infections Report

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released the 10th annual Health Care-Associated Infections Disclosure report on  infection rates in Colorado health care facilities. The annual report is part of comprehensive reform to address health care-associated infections. Thirty-five states, including Colorado, mandate such reporting to create greater transparency between health care facilities and the public. Each year, the report shows infection rates in certain types of Colorado health care facilities compared to national standards for selected surgeries and medical procedures.

The report presents information about HAI reporting requirements, processes and limitations; functions of implementing the disclosure law; and HAI data submitted by Colorado health care facilities on selected surgical site infections (SSI), central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI), Clostridium difficile infections (CDI) and dialysis-related infections. The SSI data presented in this report were submitted for patients having surgeries between Aug. 1, 2013 and July 31, 2016.  The CLABSI, dialysis-related infection data and CDI data presented is for patients receiving medical treatment between Aug. 1, 2013 and July 31, 2016. For all HAI presented in this report, the current reporting year is Aug. 1, 2015 through July 31, 2016.

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