California Publishes Hospital-Acquired Infection Data for 2011
August 15, 2012 | Strategic Insights for Health System
The California Department of Public Health has issued a series of reports that update hospital infection rates for central-line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI), methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bloodstream infections, vancomycin-resistant Enterococci (VRE) bloodstream infections, and Clostridium difficileinfections for hospitals throughout the state during 2011. While MRSA bloodstream infection rates decreased and VRE bloodstream infection rates remained the same among community, major teaching, and pediatric hospitals, both increased among long-term acute care hospitals compared with the previous reporting period. According to the reports, for MRSA and VRE bloodstream infections, major teaching and long-term acute care hospitals had higher incidence rates than other categories, with the exception of MRSA bloodstream infections in prison hospitals; MRSA skin and soft-tissue infections are well known to be prevalent in prisons, and these can develop into bloodstream infections.