Alabama hospitals have fewer patient infections than national average

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( — Alabama hospitals performed better than the national average in four key measures of the rates of patient infections, the Alabama Department of Public Health said Wednesday.

Dr. Scott Harris, Alabama's acting state health officer, announced results from an annual report on infections patients acquire in hospitals, clinics and other healthcare facilities.

A state law passed in 2009 requires hospitals to report healthcare associated infections (HAIs) and created an advisory council to help with reporting and infection prevention.

Since 2011, Alabama hospitals have reported in four categories: catheter-associated urinary tract infections, central line-associated bloodstream infections and surgical site infections from colon surgeries and abdominal hysterectomies.

Most Alabama hospitals had rates equal to or lower than national rates, Harris said, with a few exceptions.

The full report is posted on the Department of Public Health's website.

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