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Healthcare-Associated Infections

The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) said that the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s (DOH) Healthcare-Associated Infections in Pennsylvania Report of 2011 hospital data demonstrates that quality and patient safety continues to improve in Pennsylvania’s hospitals.

PinnacleHealth 2011 results demonstrate significant progress from 2010, and we consistently exceed state benchmarks as our internal measures continue to reveal continued improvements through 2012.

These achievements would not be possible without our multidisciplinary team of caregivers working to provide patient-centered, coordinated care every day and for every patient. Continual reduction in infection rates reflects that patient commitment and safety for our patients.

In areas such as central line bloodstream infections (CLABSI) and catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI), we have one-third or one-half fewer infections than the state rates according to the 2011 also highlighting PinnacleHealth’s rankings as one of the best in the state.

  2011 Pa. Statewide  (per 1,000) PinnacleHealth 2011 (per 1,000) PinnacleHealth
Jan.-Oct. 2012
(per 1,000)
Rate of Catheter-associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) 1.55 (catheter days) 1.18 (catheter days) 0.80 (catheter days)
Total Rate of Central Line-associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI)* 0.89 (line days) 0.40 (line days) 0.28 (line days)
Central Line-associated Bloodstream Infection in the NICU 1.53 (line days) 0.83 (line days) 1.07 (line days)
*As reported in Pennsylvania Department of Health’s (DOH) Healthcare-Associated Infections in Pennsylvania Report of 2011