New York State releases data for HAI rates at specific hospitals

The New York State Department of Health released a report last week outlining hospital-acquired infection rates by hospital and by specific region. The report pulls together data submitted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Healthcare Safety Network submitted by the 186 hospitals in the state during 2008.


The report provides HAI rates identified by hospital and region for surgical site infections (colon, coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) and hip replacement) and central line associated blood stream infections (CLABSIs) in adult, pediatric, and neonatal intensive care units (ICUs).


In July of 2005, Public Health Law 2819 was enacted mandating that New York hospitals report selected hospital-acquired infections to the State Department of Health (NYSDOH or “the Department”). This law was created to provide the public with fair, accurate and reliable hospital-acquired infection (HAI) data to compare hospital infection rates, and to support quality improvement and infection control activities in hospitals.


The purpose of the pilot year, as defined by Public Health Law 2819 was to: develop a HAI reporting system; train hospitals to use the reporting system; develop standardized definitions, methods of surveillance and reporting; audit and validate the hospitals’ infection data; support recommendations to improve the accuracy of data; and modify the system to ensure that hospitalspecific infection rates, when released, would be fair, accurate, reliable and comparable. During the pilot year, hospital identifiers and hospital-identifiable data were encrypted by the Department in all public reports, as required by law. The pilot year report is available at the state website 


(SOURCES: HCPro Patient Safety Monitor,, July 8, 2009; New York State Department of Health,, accessed July 10, 2009)