Texas Hospitals Continue Huge Improvements in Reducing Infections

(AUSTIN, Texas – Oct. 18, 2018) Texas hospitals saw significant decreases in the number of hospital-associated infections, outperforming national trends across all categories, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

While the data show improvement in reducing hospital-associated infections nationally, Texas hospitals’ outperformed national averages. The Texas trends exemplify efforts initiated almost a decade ago as Texas hospitals and others nationally put more focus on improved patient outcomes associated with better quality and patient safety processes.

“Texas hospitals have done yeoman’s work over the last decade to improve patient safety and reduce harm,” said Ted Shaw, THA president/CEO. “These data are worthy of celebration, but no Texas hospital will rest until zero harm is achieved. To support that continued quality improvement work, THA advocates for public policies that appropriately reward, rather than penalize, hospitals for this investment.”

Statistics identified in the report were taken from services provided in 2015 to 2016 at Texas acute care hospitals.

The following is a list of reductions at Texas hospitals with comparisons to national performance.

Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Infection (CLABSI)

  • Texas hospitals: decrease of 13 percent.
  • Outperformed the national trend of 11 percent decrease.

Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI)

  • Texas hospitals: decrease of 18 percent.
  • Outperformed the national trend of 7 percent decrease.

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

  • Texas hospitals: decrease of 16 percent.
  • Outperformed national trend of 6 percent decrease.

Clostridioides difficile (C. difficile)

  • Texas hospitals: decrease of 12 percent.
  • Outperformed national trend of 8 percent decrease.

Surgical Site Infections - abdominal hysterectomy

  • Texas hospitals: decrease of 40 percent.
  • Outperformed national trend of 13 percent decrease.

Surgical Site Infections - colon surgery

  • Texas hospitals: decrease of 11 percent.
  • Outperformed national trend of 7 percent decrease.

Ventilator-Associated Events (VAE)

  • Texas hospitals: decrease of 26 percent.
  • Texas hospitals outperformed national trend of 2 percent decrease.

More information on the CDC report can be found online at https://gis.cdc.gov/grasp/PSA/HAIreport.html.

Through its quality improvement work, THA works with more than 200 hospitals on several initiatives, including the Patient Safety Organization with 98 participating hospitals, the Critical Access Hospital Quality Improvement Group with 65 participating hospitals and the Hospital Improvement and Innovation Network with 113 participating hospitals. Through the HIIN, Texas hospitals have seen a more than 35 percent reduction in 17 adverse events, of which 10 are caused by infections.

For more information on THA quality and patient safety programs, go to https://www.tha.org/THA-Foundation/Clinical-Initiatives-and-Quality/Initiatives.



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Founded in 1930, the Texas Hospital Association is the leadership organization and principal advocate for the state’s hospitals and health care systems. Based in Austin, THA enhances its members’ abilities to improve accessibility, quality and cost-effectiveness of health care for all Texans. One of the largest hospital associations in the country, THA represents 452 of the state’s non-federal general and specialty hospitals and health care systems, which employ some 369,000 health care professionals statewide. Learn more about THA at www.tha.org or follow THA on Twitter at http://twitter.com/texashospitals.