Healthcare-associated infections are a major cause of concern for hospitals. Hospitals in New York State are required to report selected hospital-acquired infections. These data allow for the comparison of hospital infection rates within New York State and to support quality improvement and infection control activities in hospitals. The data on the table below displays hospital-acquired infection rates for patients who underwent Colon Surgery, Open Heart Surgery (Coronary Artery Bypass and Graft – CABG) and Hip Replacement Surgery. Patients in the ICU may have catheters inserted into large blood vessels (central lines). The table below also displays central line associated blood stream infections (CLABSI) for patients in the Medical and Surgical Intensive Care Units.
INFECTION PREVENTION MEASURES
|Mount Sinai (2011)||NY State (2011)|
|Colon Surgery||0.6 per 100 procedures||4.9 per 100 procedures|
|Open heart (CABG) Surgery||5.3 per 100 procedures||1.9 per 100 procedures|
|Hip Replacement Surgery||1.7 per 100 procedures||1.1 per 100 procedures|
|Medical ICU CLABSI||0.6 per 1000 central line days||1.5 per 1000 central line days|
|Surgical ICU CLABSI||1.0 per 1000 central line days||1.4 per 1000 central line days|
Each year, hundreds of millions of patients around the world are affected by hospital-acquired infections. Infections that patients get in the hospital can be life-threatening and hard to treat. Hand hygiene is one of the most important ways to prevent the spread of infections. Patients and their families can play an important role in helping to prevent infections by practicing hand hygiene themselves as well as reminding their healthcare providers to wash their hands regularly. View a video on the importance of hand hygiene and the impact that each of us can have in addressing this important issue.