States' progress in reducing SSIs from colon surgery

Here are the 50 states and the District of Columbia listed according to their progress in reducing surgical site infections among colon surgery patients based on data from July 2013 through June 2014.

The SSI rates were gathered from CMS' Hospital Compare database. State progress on SSIs from colon surgery was measured using the standardized infection ratio, or observed to expected infection rates. The SIR also accounts for differences in the types of patients a hospital treats and differences in hospital characteristics such as size.

SIRs that are less than one indicate the state had fewer SSIs than would be predicted. According to the most recent data available, 25 states and Washington, D.C., had an SIR of less than one. Here, the states are listed from smallest to largest SIR, or from the states showing the most progress in reducing SSI rates from colon surgery to states showing the least progress.

Note: States' SIRs show their individual progress in reducing SSIs from colon surgery and are not meant to compare actual SSI rates among states.

Montana — 0.49

Alabama — 0.633

Colorado — 0.711

Mississippi — 0.726

Missouri — 0.751

Florida — 0.78

Oregon — 0.817

Alaska — 0.818

North Carolina — 0.82

Wyoming — 0.85

Georgia — 0.865

Tennessee — 0.891

Texas — 0.891

New Jersey — 0.894

Pennsylvania — 0.914

Illinois — 0.929

Oklahoma — 0.936

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Arkansas — 0.939

Ohio — 0.947

Louisiana — 0.948

California — 0.958

Wisconsin — 0.959

Kentucky — 0.963

Washington, D.C. — 0.973

Maryland — 0.982

South Carolina — 0.984

New Mexico — 1.013

Washington — 1.051

North Dakota — 1.059

Virginia — 1.065

Arizona — 1.078

Nevada — 1.105

West Virginia — 1.108

Michigan — 1.131

Indiana — 1.159

Delaware — 1.165

New Hampshire — 1.171

Nebraska — 1.177

Iowa — 1.209

Massachusetts — 1.242

New York — 1.246

South Dakota — 1.261

Minnesota — 1.306

Idaho — 1.359

Rhode Island — 1.369

Utah — 1.387

Maine — 1.419

Hawaii — 1.468

Connecticut — 1.48

Kansas — 1.551

Vermont — 1.668

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