Hospital-acquired infections in Pennsylvania dropped 7.8 percent from 2006
to 2007, according to a report released yesterday by the Pennsylvania Health
Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4).
Data from the independent health care watchdog showed the
rate fell from 19.2 to 17.7 hospital-acquired infections per 1,000 cases.
Statewide rates of pneumonia and urinary-tract, bloodstream
and surgical-site infections decreased while the rate for gastrointestinal
infections remained stable.
“Hospitals across Pennsylvania have made major investments in their efforts to
provide safe and high-quality health care,” said Carolyn F. Scanlan, president
and chief executive officer of the advocacy group Hospital & Healthsystem
Association of Pennsylvania.
“Clearly, these investments – in technology, infrastructure
and a superlative workforce – are what it takes to continuously improve care
for the millions of people who come to our hospitals each year,” she said.