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Noyes Health Receives Good Grades on the annual NYS Hospital-Acquired Infection (HAI) Rates Report

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Noyes Health’s hospital-acquired infection rates for 2013 are below the state average according to a study published by the New York State Department of Health and released this month.
"This achievement in keeping hospital acquired infections at Noyes Health to a minimum is a tribute to the continuous efforts of our experienced and dedicated physicians, nurses and staff”, said Tammy West, Noyes Health V.P. of Patient Care.  “Through their exceptional teamwork and commitment to providing the best care possible, Noyes Health is able to improve the quality of patients' health and their experience with us, which includes infection control." 
 
“We are especially proud of the fact that there were no surgical site infections after total hip replacement surgeries at Noyes Health in both 2012 and 2013”, said Mary Stewart, Coordinator of Infection Prevention. “Noyes Health continually looks at ways to improve infection control in all areas of the health system”.
Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality, affecting approximately four percent of inpatients. A CDC report estimated the annual medical costs of healthcare-associated infections to U.S. hospitals to be between $28 and $45 billion dollars.
 
In July, 2005, the Legislature passed and the Governor signed Public Health Law 2819 requiring hospitals to report select HAIs to the New York State Department of Health. This law was created to provide the public with fair, accurate, and reliable HAI data to compare hospital infection rates and to support quality improvement and infection prevention activities in hospitals. Annual reports that summarize hospital HAI rates are published on this website each year. The seventh annual report entitled "Hospital-Acquired Infections - New York State 2013" (PDF, 5.7MB) provides hospital-acquired infection rates statewide and by individual hospital for 2013. The infections selected for reporting in 2013 include colon surgical site infections, hip replacement surgical site infections, coronary artery bypass graft surgical site infections, abdominal hysterectomy surgical site infections, central line-associated bloodstream infections in intensive care units (adult, pediatric and neonatal intensive care units), and Clostridium difficile and carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae infection rates occurring on admission and during a patient's hospital stay. The report also describes progress of HAI prevention projects supported by the Department.
The data is also available for download on New York's Open Data Portal and the 2013 report is on the  Noyes Health website, www.noyes-health.org .
 
Please contact Cynthia Oswald, Director of PR and the Noyes Health Foundation, for more detailed information, call 585-335-4323, or visit our website at: www.noyes-health.org 

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