CHA News Article

CDPH Releases Health Care-Associated Infection Report

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released the 2017 health care-associated infection (HAI) report this week. On average, California hospitals perform better than the national baseline on all four infections tracked — surgical site infections (SSI), central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI), methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections (MRSA BSI) and Clostridium difficile diarrheal infections (CDI). From 2016 to 2017, California hospitals made the most substantial progress in HAI prevention since reporting began in 2009. In 2017, hospitals reported 2,602 fewer HAI than in 2016.

Data are reported using a standardized infection ratio, with the national average of 1. The CDPH Licensing and Certification Program considers high HAI rates when prioritizing hospitals for surveys.

CDPH is publishing reports in a more streamlined format and has updated its website to include a web page that allows users to compare results for two or more hospitals side-by-side. Detailed infection-specific data tables, as published in prior years, are available only via the California Health and Human Services Open Data Portal. CDPH has also provided an interactive map.

CDPH will work with CHA to develop statewide HAI prevention projects. In addition, CDPH will continue to support hospitals with high HAI incidence, including hospitals with high incidence of SSI and CLABSI. CDPH recommends that all hospitals implement a facility-wide monitoring program to ensure adherence to HAI prevention best practices.