Intravenous news: Beginning January 2009 New Hamphire hospitals are now required report quarterly to the N.H. Department of Health and Human Services on two types of infections. These reportable infections are bloodstream infections related to central lines, or ports installed directly into a patients major blood vessel to allow for quick medication delivery, and surgical-site infections for procedures including coronary artery bypass grafts, colon surgeries and knee replacements.
The first quarterly reports are due in March and will be submitted to a Web site run by the Healthcare Quality Promotion Division of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The information won’t be available to the public until after the the state health department compiles it in May, said Rachel M. Rowe, administrator of the N.H. Health Care Quality Assurance Commission.
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