5 states with highest, lowest CAUTI rates

Vermont hospitals have the highest catheter associated urinary tract infection rate in the country, while hospitals in Washington, D.C., have the lowest, CDC data shows. 

The CDC's healthcare-associated infections dataset, updated July 27, includes performance data for five types of infections collected through the National Healthcare Safety Network. The measures show how often patients in a particular hospital contract certain infections during an inpatient stay compared to similar hospitals. Data was collected from Oct. 1, 2020, to Sept. 30, 2021. 

The agency calculates and publishes standardized infection ratios for each measure by state. The measures apply to all patients treated in acute care hospitals, including adult, pediatric, neonatal, Medicare and non-Medicare patients, according to the CMS data dictionary.

Five states with the highest CAUTI rates:

1. Vermont – 1.631

2. Alaska – 1.272

3. New Mexico – 1.241

4. Oregon – 1.202

5. Maine – 1.136

Five states with the lowest CAUTI rates:

1. Washington, D.C. – 0.508

2. North Dakota – 0.512

3. Connecticut – 0.558

4. Louisiana – 0.650

5. Florida – 0.655

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