CAUTI Reduction Progress by State

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Here is a list showing the progress made by each state and the District of Columbia in reducing the rate of central line-associated bloodstream infections based on data from January 2012 to September 2012.

The CAUTI rates are those reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Healthcare Safety Network and listed in CMS' Hospital Compare database. The rate is reported as a standardized infection ratio — a measure that compares the number of CAUTIs that occurred with the number of CAUTIs that would be predicted based on national, historical baseline data, which in this case is data reported in 2009. The SIR also accounts for differences in the types of patients a hospital treats and differences in hospital characteristics such as size.

SIRs that are less than one indicate the hospital had fewer CAUTIs than would be predicted. Subtracting the SIR from one shows the percent decrease in CAUTIs from baseline. For example, an SIR of 0.80 means there was a 20 percent reduction from baseline. SIRs greater than one indicate infection rates were higher than would be predicted. Subtracting 1 from the SIR shows the percent increase. For example, an SIR of 1.25 means there was a 25 percent increase from baseline.

Here, the states are listed from smallest to largest SIR, or from the states showing the most progress in reducing CAUTI rates to states showing the least progress.

Note: States' SIRs show their individual progress in reducing CAUTIs and are not meant to compare actual CAUTI rates among states.
    
Wyoming — 0.252
Oklahoma — 0.599
West Virginia — 0.734
Alabama — 0.759
Hawaii — 0.823
North Dakota — 0.845
Louisiana — 0.861
Virginia — 0.872
Florida — 0.874
New Mexico — 0.888
Kansas — 0.892
Pennsylvania — 0.905
Alaska — 0.919
Wisconsin — 0.928
Texas — 0.933
New Jersey — 0.936
Ohio — 0.938
South Dakota — 0.963
Missouri — 0.968
Georgia — 0.98
Colorado — 1.001
Iowa — 1.012
California — 1.014
Michigan — 1.066
Mississippi — 1.089
Indiana — 1.095
Kentucky — 1.098
Illinois — 1.103
North Carolina — 1.126
Arizona — 1.138
Washington — 1.142
Idaho — 1.149
Nevada — 1.208
Montana — 1.226
Arkansas — 1.234
Delaware — 1.235
Oregon — 1.239
New York — 1.38
Rhode Island — 1.385
Vermont — 1.408
New Hampshire — 1.444
Tennessee — 1.453
Nebraska — 1.499
District of Columbia — 1.514
Minnesota — 1.575
Massachusetts — 1.603
South Carolina — 1.719
Connecticut — 1.771
Maine — 1.892
Utah — 1.9
Maryland — 2.438

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