Canadian CLABSI rates published

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By April 2009, Ontario hospitals will be reporting on eight patient-safety indicators that can provide valuable data on which to base effective benchmarks, best practices and foster patient safety improvements across the province’s health care system :

  • Clostridium Difficile Associated Disease (CDAD)
  • Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)
  • Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus (VRE)
  • Hospital Standardized Mortality Ratio (HSMR)
  • Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia (VAP)
  • Surgical Site Infection Prevention
  • Hand Hygiene Compliance
  • Central-Line Primary Blood Stream Infection (CLI)

Public reporting of central line associated blood stream infection rates in intensive care units (ICU) of Ontario hospitals is now posted on the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care website. In addition, hospitals will post quarterly rates and case counts of central line infection (CLI) that developed in the ICUs of each hospital site on their website.

The most recent figures published demonstrate a CLABSI rate of 1.56 per thousand catheter days.

Click here for the main CLABSI page on the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care website.

Click here for a presentation that includes a definition of CLABSI.

Click here for a CLABSI patient fact sheet.

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