Washington Hospital Association provides infection rate data

The Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) has a goal or providing transparency so that patients can make health care decisions based on the quality of hospital care by looking at various indicators including Hospital Infection Rates, Patient Satisfaction, Heart Failure and Attack and Pneumonia rate.

Surgical wound infections are one quality measure of a hospital since surgical wounds can be prevented by providing surgery patients with antibiotics right before their surgery. By using the WSHA web-site, patients can see the infection rates for Ventilator Pneumonia and Central Lines, for example.

Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is a hospital-acquired pneumonia in people who have mechanical ventilation through a tracheostomy tube or an endotracheal tube.

Central venous catheter infections is a catheter which is placed in a large vein in the neck, chest or groin to administer medications or fluids or to do blood tests. Catheters can introduce bacteria into the blood stream and cause serious and life-threatening illness including endocarditis. To prevent infection, medical professionals should thoroughly clean the insertion site.

Looking at a hospitals quality data can help a patient make informed decision on where they can have elective surgeries like hip replacements performed.

For more information, see the Quality Indicators Search Page of the Washington State Hospital Association web-site.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have become seriously ill due to medical malpractice including hospital-acquired infections, and the family of those killed.

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