IHA Daily Briefing: Nov. 5

Tuesday, November 5, 2019
IL Makes Progress on HAIs
20th Anniversary of To Err is Human
Sexual Assault Foundation Training Dec. 18
2018 Hospital Facility Profiles/Summaries Posted

IL Makes Progress on HAIs
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published its 2018 National and State Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) Progress Report. This report provides data from the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) on central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs), catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs), ventilator-associated events (VAEs), surgical site infections (SSIs), methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bloodstream events, and Clostridioides difficile (C. difficile) events. The report includes data across four healthcare settings: acute care hospitals, critical access hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, and long-term acute care hospitals.

National findings show that among acute care hospitals between 2017 and 2018, there has been:

  • About a 9% decrease in CLABSIs;
  • About a 8% decrease in CAUTIs;
  • No significant changes in VAEs;
  • No significant changes in SSIs related to the 10 procedures tracked in the report;
  • No significant changes in hospital onset MRSA bacteremia; and
  • About a 12% decrease in hospital onset C. difficile infections.

On several key measures, Illinois has lower standardized infection rates compared to the national baseline:

  • CLABSI rates were 36% lower;
  • CAUTI rates were 24% lower;
  • MRSA rates were 41% lower; and
  • C. difficile infections were 17% lower.

The CDC’s Antibiotic Resistance & Patient Safety Portal has been updated with the latest data from the HAI progress report.

Illinois hospitals are actively engaged in myriad efforts to reduce and eliminate preventable healthcare harms, including healthcare-acquired conditions, as well as to reduce preventable readmissions. IHA also assists its more than 200 member hospitals and health systems in driving healthcare innovation and performance and patient safety and quality improvement with exceptional learning opportunities, analytics, programs and products through its Institute for Innovations in Care and Quality and the Midwest Alliance for Patient Safety (MAPS) Patient Safety Organization (PSO).


20th Anniversary of To Err is Human
In November 1999, the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine) issued its landmark report, To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System, an important call to action on patient safety and quality, to which the hospital field responded.

In the 20 years since the report was released, hospitals, health systems and other healthcare providers in Illinois and across the country have made substantial progress in improving patient safety and delivering the highest quality of care.

IHA has developed a fact sheet on the numerous quality improvement initiatives spearheaded by IHA’s Institute for Innovations in Care and Quality. Members are encouraged to customize the fact sheet with hospital-specific initiatives to share with key stakeholders and community members.


Sexual Assault Foundation Training Dec. 18
The Office of the Attorney General has announced it is offering training on the Foundation to Provide Sexual Assault Patient Care in the Emergency Room Training Dec. 18, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at John Wood Community College in Quincy.

This free training, designed for medical professionals, law enforcement personnel and advocates, is offered to improve the care and response to sexual assault survivors. The course does not count toward sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) certification.

See the training invite for more information. The registration deadline is Dec. 11.

For additional information or to be added to the email distribution list for upcoming SANE trainings, please contact Jaclyn Rodriguez, BSN, BS, RN, SANE-A, SANE Coordinator, Office of the Illinois Attorney General.


2018 Hospital Facility Profiles/Summaries Posted
The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board recently posted on its website Hospital Facility Profiles and Summary Sheets for 2018 based on the annual Hospital Questionnaire and annual Hospital Bed Report.

The documents include: