CMS: 1 in 6 Hospitals Reported High CLABSIs Rates

Approximately one in six hospitals experiences "high rates" of central line-associated bloodstream infections, according to an analysis by NPR.


NPR relied on public data recently posted on CMS' Hospital Compare website. The new data includes 1,146 hospitals. Data was not published for another 2,232 hospitals because of insufficient data or the hospital did not have an ICU. Here are notable findings from the NPR analysis:

•    Hospitals in Maryland, Mississippi, Louisiana, Maine and New Hampshire had the highest risk for CLABSIs.
•    Hospitals in Hawaii, Alaska, South Dakota, Kansas and Indiana had the lowest risk for CLABSIs.
•    386 hospitals reported no central line infections in the first three months of 2011.

Related Articles on CLABSIs:

HHS to Begin Publishing CLABSI Rates on Hospital Compare Site

South Carolina Lists Infection Rates by Hospital Size

CDC Report Outlines 2010 Data on Device-Related Quality, Outcomes

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