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Date: 12/30/2010 

Number: 10-103 

Contact: Mike Sicilia (916) 440-7259 


Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), issued the following statement today on the release of surveillance data on healthcare-associated infections in California hospitals.

“Today the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released surveillance data submitted by California hospitals from January 2009 through March 2010 on healthcare-associated infections in California hospitals. The report is mandated by SB 1058 (Chapter 296, Statues of 2008).

“The report is a first step toward closer monitoring of these infections in hospital settings and more robust public reporting.

“Unfortunately, there are significant limitations to the data provided in this first report. The Healthcare-Associated Infections Program was not established until December 2009 and, therefore, CDPH was unable to provide standard guidance to the hospitals during the initial stages of the data collection and reporting. Consequently, standardized surveillance methods were not used to collect and report data. For these reasons, these data cannot be used for comparisons between hospitals.

"CDPH is addressing the data limitations outlined in this report by requiring hospitals to report future healthcare-associated infection surveillance data via the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthcare Safety Network, a Web-based reporting software using standardized surveillance definitions.

"CDPH is strongly committed to working with California’s hospitals to achieve the shared goal of reducing these often preventable and potentially deadly infections.”

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