Hospital-acquired Infections in Pennsylvania 2005

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The Hospital-acquired Infections in Pennsylvania report includes information on infections that patients contracted while in the hospital. The number and rate of infections that occurred during calendar year 2005 are reported for each of Pennsylvania's 168 general acute care hospitals. While the report includes aggregate data from 2005, hospitals reported the data in four quarterly installments. Click here, Hospital-acquired Infections Reported by Quarter, to view the number of infections reported by each hospital for each of the four quarters in 2005.

Understanding the peer groups. Because there are differences among hospitals in the services provided and the number of patients treated, hospitals are grouped into "peer groups" to assist the reader in recognizing similar hospitals. Each peer group is comprised of hospitals that are similar in the complexity of services offered (including percent of surgical procedures performed) and the number of patients treated. The hospitals using electronic hospital-acquired infection surveillance are presented separately since their higher number of reported infections may be due to more comprehensive reporting rather than a higher infection rate. Click here to access the Peer Group Directory for the names of hospitals in each peer group.

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