North Carolina Passes Public Reporting Law

North Carolina has passed a law allowing state officials to collect and publicly report hospitals' rates of healthcare-acquired infections, according to a Charlotte Observer report.

Through this new surveillance program, North Carolina healthcare facilities will report infection rates to the state Division of Public Health through the National Healthcare Safety Network, a surveillance system administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The three infections to be reported are central line-associated bloodstream infections, catheter-associated urinary tract infections and surgical site infections after abdominal hysterectomy and colon surgeries.


According to the report, the state's Division of Public Health hopes to post data on the infections for public viewing on its website by this fall.

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