Caring Colorado hospitals making huge strides in infection reduction

The vast majority of Colorado hospitals saw dramatic improvements in their infection rates over the weekend. On Saturday, Colorado hospital quality data from the Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) showed that 24 of Colorado’s hospitals,…

Caring Colorado hospitals making huge strides in infection reduction

The vast majority of Colorado hospitals saw dramatic improvements in their infection rates over the weekend.

On Saturday, Colorado hospital quality data from the Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) showed that 24 of Colorado’s hospitals, saw a significant improvement in their hospital acquired infection (HAI) rates over the previous year. In several cases, hospitals that last year had the worst HAI rates across the state saw a dramatic improvement.

Patients are still susceptible to “never events” like urinary tract infections and sepsis and are still at higher risk for amputations and surgical site infections. However, the CHA’s patient safety data shows a decline in hospital acquired infections at the state’s larger hospitals. The group says that researchers believe the data will continue to improve if the expansion of antibiotic treatments continues.

“These numbers represent an important first step forward in the effort to improve hospital care,” CHA President & CEO JoAnn Davidson said in a press release. “We know that we can do more if we continue to work together. These numbers demonstrate that there is momentum and momentum will continue.”

The CHA says they have compiled data on 22,587 infections from all three levels of hospitals. By comparison, New Jersey, one of the toughest states in the country for preventing hospital acquired infections, has only reported data on 12,282 infections. New Jersey’s data is limited, though, because it allows only 28 days for data to be recorded.

Learn more about Colorado’s data here.

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