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Annual Hospital and Ambulatory Surgery Center Healthcare-Associated Infections Reports Released
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Bureau of Infectious Disease Control
Publish Date:
September 5, 2017

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) has released the 2016 Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Hospital Report Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol and the 2016 Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Report Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol. The reports, as mandated by law, report data on the occurrence of specific HAIs based on data from the 34 hospitals and 29 ASCs licensed in the State. For hospitals, 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. For ASCs, surgical site infections following certain breast, hernia, and open reduction of fracture surgical procedures are reported.

The reports also provide data on hospital and ASC compliance with 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.

“The data helps the Department, hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers track progress and identify areas that require special attention, see where improvements can be made, and inform consumers,” said DPHS Director Lisa Morris.

Hospitals:

Overall, there were fewer observed infections than predicted in New Hampshire hospitals compared with national data. A total of 202 HAI were reported by hospitals in 2016, compared to 200 in 2015. The overall observed number of HAI in hospitals in New Hampshire in 2016 was 28% lower than predicted based on national data; there were also 61% fewer central line-associated bloodstream infections and 28% fewer surgical site infections than predicted.

Statewide hospital adherence to four infection prevention practices during central line insertions was 98.4%, a slight but insignificant decrease from 2015 (98.2%). The overall healthcare personnel influenza vaccination coverage in hospitals was 94.2%, which has been significantly improving since 2008 and exceeds the Healthy People 2020 goal of 90%.

Ambulatory Surgery Centers:

Overall, statewide infection rates in ASCs are similar in comparison with national data. A total of four surgical site infections were reported by ASC for 2016, compared with three in 2015. The overall observed number of surgical site infections in New Hampshire ASCs was 39% less than predicted based on national data; however, this difference is not significant and is considered similar to national data. Statewide, ASC adherence to intravenous antibiotic prophylaxis timing guidelines to prevent surgical site infection was 99.0% (similar to 2015), and the overall healthcare personnel influenza vaccination rate was 83.3% (significant increase from last year, during which the rate was 76.3%).

The 2016 HAI report and past reports can be accessed at: www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/hai/publications.htm. For more information about the Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Program, please call 603-271-4496 or email haiprogram@dhhs.nh.gov.

 

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