(AUSTIN, Texas – March 26, 2019) Continuing several years of progress, Texas hospitals again reported improvements in health care quality and patient safety, according to new data on health care acquired infections from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Texas hospitals have yet again shown that quality and patient safety are job one,” said Robert Hendler, M.D., chief medical officer, Texas Hospital Association. “Despite being asked to do more with less, Texas hospitals continue investing in improving quality and reducing harm. Texas patients deserve the best care, and Texas hospitals are able to deliver on that promise.”
The CDC data show that Texas hospitals reduced the number of health care acquired infections between 2016 and 2017 for all seven infections reported to the federal government:
- Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Infection (CLABSI): decrease of 13 percent.
- Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI): decrease of 13 percent.
- Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA): decrease of 24 percent.
- Clostridioides difficile (C. difficile): decrease of 25 percent.
- Surgical Site Infections - abdominal hysterectomy: decrease of 21 percent.
- Surgical Site Infections - colon surgery: decrease of 14 percent.
- Ventilator-Associated Events (VAE): decrease of 25 percent.
Texas hospitals’ reductions outperformed the national average for six of these seven infections.
The data are reported to the National Healthcare Safety Network by Texas acute care hospitals.
More information on the CDC report can be found online at https://www.cdc.gov/hai/data/portal/progress-report.html
In addition to working with 104 hospitals through the Hospital Improvement and Innovation Network on reducing health care-acquired infections, THA works with more than 300 hospitals on multiple other quality and patient safety-related initiatives, including the Texas AIM initiative with 207 hospitals, Patient Safety Organization with 90 participating hospitals and the Critical Access Hospital Quality Improvement Group with 83 participating hospitals.