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NH Statewide Antibiogram

An antibiogram provides a summary of antibiotic susceptibility patterns for selected bacterial pathogens and antibiotics. This information, when combined with clinical expertise, guides optimal antimicrobial treatment for patients. Annual analysis of hospital antibiograms to create a statewide antibiogram allows DHHS to evaluate temporal trends and geographic patterns of antimicrobial resistance in New Hampshire and guide control antimicrobial stewardship efforts. These antibiograms not only provide helpful information to direct clinical antibiotic decisions, but also emphasize the successes and failures of national and local antimicrobial stewardship programs in delaying the dissemination of antibiotic resistance in important bacterial pathogens.

Guidelines/Materials

HAI Hospital Reports

The HAI Program publishes hospital data each year as mandated by law. The NH HAI Hospital Report includes occurrence of specific HAI, including: central line-associated bloodstream infections, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, and surgical site infections following certain heart, colon, abdominal hysterectomy, and knee surgical procedures are reported. This report also provides data on hospital compliance with measures that help protect patients from HAI such as infection prevention practices during central line insertions in hospitals and influenza vaccination coverage among healthcare personnel.

HAI (ASC) Reports

The HAI Program publishes ASC data each year as mandated by law. The NH HAI ASC Report includes occurrence of specific HAI, including: surgical site infections (SSI) following certain breast, hernia, and open reduction of fracture surgical procedures. This report also provides data on ASC compliance with measures that help protect patients from HAI such as intravenous antibiotic prophylaxis administration to prevent SSI and influenza vaccination coverage among healthcare personnel.

Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Coverage

Healthcare personnel can become infected with influenza through contact with infected patients and can transmit influenza to patients and other staff. Because healthcare personnel provide care to patients at high risk for complications of influenza, they should be offered influenza vaccine each year. Monitoring of vaccination coverage in certain New Hampshire healthcare facilities has been required by law since 2008, although the availability of historical data varies by facility type.

Please refer to the annual hospital and ambulatory surgery center reports for facility-specific vaccination coverage data in those settings. The following documents provide information for overall vaccination coverage data in New Hampshire healthcare facilities or facility-specific data in adult day care, supported residential care, and assisted living facilities.

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