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Valley News Dispatch: Alle-Kiski Valley hospitals score well in report on infections

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

By Francine Garrone

For the Valley News Dispatch

Four area hospitals ranked at or below the state average for health care-associated infections (HAI), according to the first report on infections issued Tuesday by the state Department of Health. 

The agency said 213 hospitals in the state reported 13,771 hospital-acquired infections in the six-month period from July to December 2008 for an overall rate of 2.84 infections per 1,000 patient days. The report emphasized two infection types: urinary tract infections associated with the use of catheters, and bloodstream infections associated with use of intravenous lines.

It followed state tallies of hospital infections produced by another agency, the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council. Health department officials said data from the agencies cannot be compared because they used different methodologies.

"While the first department of health infection report is a snapshot in time, it gives clinicians, regulators and the public a good look at the evolution of patient safety and infection-prevention efforts in Pennsylvania over the past few years," said Carolyn F. Scanlan, president of the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, a state association representing hospitals.

Alle-Kiski Medical Center's Chief Operating Officer Michael Harlovic attributes the hospital's 2.05 rating to several factors.

"If a patient no longer needs to have a catheter, then we will discontinue its use," he said. "Patients are also checked on a daily basis for signs of (bloodstream) infections. Only our (intravenous) team manages the (central) lines and have a strict standard protocol."

To read more, visit the Valley News Dispatch web site.

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