The Healthcare-Associated Infections Program in the Acute & Communicable Disease Prevention Section of the Oregon Health Authority’s Public Health Division has released the 2009-2012 annual report on Healthcare Acquired Infections from 60 Oregon healthcare facilities. The report covers eleven mandatory reporting elements, including nine potential infections acquired while receiving care for other medical conditions. The report includes summary data for the state and individual data sheets for the 60 Oregon acute care hospitals. Read the report (PDF).
Oregon has a number of national and state-level activities focused on understanding and reducing the occurrence of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).
These include mandated reporting of high risk HAIs, validation of reported data, a multi-hospital collaborative adapting evidence-based HAI prevention strategies aimed at reducing HAIs, and multiple research projects, including determination of overall HAI prevalence, how to make HAI surveillance easier for hospitals, and surveillance of specific pathogens that are of particular concern as HAIs.