Oregon hospitals significantly outperforming national average says CDC Infections Report

Oregon’s hospitals perform significantly better than the national average in preventing health care-acquired infections (HAI), according to the National and State Healthcare Associated Infections Progress Report released March 3 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

HAIs are infections that patients can get while receiving medical treatment in a health care facility. The report, based on 2014 national data (most current available), shows infection rates are lower than the national average for every condition that the CDC tracks:

-Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) are 5% lower than the national baseline and 17% lower than the state’s average last year.
-Surgical site infections (SSI) for abdominal hysterectomy are 9% lower than the national baseline, and 20% lower year-over-year in Oregon.
-Hospital onset Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infections are 27% lower than the national baseline and 4% lower than last year’s state average.
-SSIs for colon surgery are 16% lower than the national baseline.
-Central-line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) are 52% lower than the national baseline.
-MRSA Bacteremia infections are 35% lower than the national baseline.

“Health care-acquired infections are serious and harmful to patients. They are also preventable,” said Diane Waldo, associate vice president of quality and clinical services for the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS). “This report shows how hospitals are committed to patient safety as demonstrated by their effort to improve outcomes. Hospitals will continue to work closely with all partners on the health care team, including patients and families, to make hospitals a safe place to receive care. The goal is to eliminate hospital and health care-acquired infections entirely.”

Health care-acquired infections are among the top 10 leading causes of death in the United States and cost upwards of $33 billion per year nationally, according to the CDC. Preventing these infections has become a key element to improve patient care and lower costs in the health care system.

“Addressing the issue takes effort on two fronts: consistent and reliable patient care and improved patient engagement,” Waldo said. “In an effort to spread and sustain a culture of safety, Oregon health care providers participate in patient safety initiatives that incorporate accountability and evidenced based best practices.”

Nearly all of Oregon’s 62 hospitals have participated, or are currently participating, in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Partnership for Patients initiative, which aims to reduce hospital acquired conditions by 40% and readmissions by 20%. Since beginning their Partnership for Patients work, hospitals working with OAHHS have achieved a 40% or greater reduction in Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI), Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Infections (CLABSI), surgical site infections, ventilator-associated complications, and early elective deliveries. Learn more about the www.oahhs.org/pfp” target=”_blank”>program.

Additionally, 30 Oregon hospitals are nearing completion of a Patient and Family Engagement Collaborative, which aims to assist hospitals in establishing patient advisory programs. Such programs have been found to contribute to higher quality and patient safety. Find out more about this www.oahhs.org/pfe” target=”_blank”>program.

Founded in 1934, the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems is a statewide, nonprofit association that works closely with local, state and national health care leaders, businesses, citizen coalitions, and other organizations to enhance and promote community health and to continue improving Oregon’s health care community.