Connecticut Department of Health Issues First Public Report of Hospital Infections

The Connecticut Department of Public Health has released a report on a class of infections acquired in Connecticut acute-care hospitals, according to a department news release.

The report, which is the first of its kind, presents data on central line-associated bloodstream infections. Connecticut's 30 acute-care hospitals are required to report these infections to DPH using standard definitions and protocols. The report compares hospital data collected from Oct. 1, 2009-Sept. 20, 2010 to the latest available national benchmark data collected from 2006-2008.

Overall, the number of central line-associated bloodstream infections in Connecticut is 29 percent lower than the national benchmark, based on data reported to the CDC by healthcare facilities across the country. Among Connecticut hospitals, two facilities have an infection rate that is statistically lower than their national benchmark. The remainder of hospitals show no statistically significant differences from the national benchmark.  

Read the news release about central line-associated bloodstream infections at Connecticut hospitals.

Read other coverage about CLABSI:

- Consumer Reports Poll: High Public Concern About Hospital-Acquired Infections

Standardization, Education Drives Down CLABSI Rates

CDC: 58% Drop in Central-Line Infections in Hospital ICUs

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