The Washington Department of Health has a Healthcare Associated Infections Program and associated web-site which tracks hospital acquired infections. Washington State has a regulation which requires the Department of Health to keep track of certain types of infections at hospitals throughout the state.
Hospital Associated Infections (HAI) are those that a patient develops after care in a hospital, clinic, doctor’s office or after a home visit by a health care professional. Most HAI infections are preventable. By utilizing the DOT web-site, patients and healthcare professionals can find the rate of hospital infections learn and how to prevent them.
The types of infections that the web-site tracks are:
- Central line infections – data is provided for the infection rate by type of ICU.
- Ventilator infections – data is provided that shows the ventilator-associated pneumonia rates by Washington hospital.
- Surgical infections – data is provided for infection rates for deep sternal wounds in cardiac surgery, hip replacement operations, total knee replacements and abdominal and vaginal hysterectomies.
See the Department of Health Infections Program web-site by clicking here: http://www.doh.wa.gov/ehsphl/hai/B_HospPerf.htm
Infections can and do occur in every hospital and clinic in Washington state. If your infection was caused by a improper surgical procedure, failure to follow guidelines or other type of medical negligence, you may be eligible for compensation.