New York Hospital Infection Rates Rise
New York Department of Health has released rates of hospital acquired infections, but did not mention hospital names at all.
In 2005 a legislation was approved requiring all hospitals to publish infection rates. This was done to make hospital acquired infection rates transparent for public and to reduce the number of such cases.
Three years after the legislation passed, New York Department of Health finally released hospital infection rates showing that cases are on a rise in surgical intensive care units. Current rate is 3.7 cases out of 1000, while national average rate is 2.7 cases out of 1000. However, infection rates in pediatric and coronary units were lower than national average.
This report did not mention any hospital names, it just gave an average picture of hospital acquired infections. However, it says that rates are significantly lower in New York City hospitals, probably because a project named Greater New York Hospital Association and United Hospital Fund dis a lot in 2006 to cut infection rates.
From now on Department of Health aims at releasing similar data every year for each hospital separately. It is extremely important to monitor and report hospital infection rates carefully and also to find out risk factors tor such infection. Identifying risk factors is the key to preventing such infections. Current measures against hospital infections include good hand washing, equipment sterilization, and personal hygiene.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics, in 2002 there were about 1.7 million cases of hospital infection, leading to 99000 death cases associated with such infections. People are going to hospitals for cure and recovering, not for getting new infections. This is why government aims at reducing hospital acquired infection rates and making the statistics of such cases available for public.