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Annual NH Hospital and Ambulatory Surgery Center Healthcare-Associated Infections Reports Released

The New Hampshire Health and Human Services’ Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) has released the 2018 Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Hospital Report and the 2018 Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Report. These reports use data provided by the 33 hospitals and 29 ASCs licensed in the State of New Hampshire. For hospitals, data on central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI), catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI), and surgical site infections following certain heart, colon, abdominal hysterectomy, and knee surgical procedures are included. For ASCs, the report contains data on surgical site infections following certain breast, hernia, and open reduction of fracture surgical procedures.

The reports also provide data on hospital and ASC compliance with safety measures that help protect patients from healthcare-associated infections. These data include adherence to infection prevention practices during central line insertions in hospitals, the appropriate use of antimicrobials during surgical procedures in ASC, and influenza vaccination coverage among hospital and ASC healthcare personnel.

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