This study evaluated the effectiveness of mandatory infection rate reporting on health care associated infection rates in Pennsylvania hospitals. These infection rates were hypothesized to be decreased due to mandatory public reporting required by state legal statute.
Archival data of 145 hospitals were analyzed. These hospitals had been grouped into four different peer groups according to the level of complexity of services, number of patients treated, and percentage of surgical procedures performed.
Results demonstrated that health care associated infections in Pennsylvania hospitals did not decrease as the legislation had intended. The four most common types of hospital acquired infections: Surgical site infection, blood stream infection, ventilator assisted pneumonia, and urinary tract infection had not decreased in 2007, compared with the first reporting period (in 2005) subsequent to legislature enactment (in 2004). However, a small decrease of surgical site infection rate occurred compared to the 2005 baseline. Possible explanations were discussed.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/04M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Public health, Health care management|
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