NH DHHS - Second Annual Healthcare-Associated Infections Report Released

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS), Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) today released the 2010

Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) Report based on data from the 31

hospitals in the State. The report, mandated by law, looks at the rates of

specific HAIs: central line–associated bloodstream infections and surgical

site infections following heart, colon, and knee surgeries. The report also

provides data on hospitals’ compliance with measures that are put in place

to protect patients from acquiring infection while in the hospital. These

include infection prevention practices during central line insertions, the

appropriate use of antimicrobials during surgical procedures, and influenza

vaccination rates among hospital staff.

Overall, statewide infection rates are showing improvement over last year.

A total of 114 HAIs were reported for 2010, compared with 134 in 2009. The

overall observed number of HAIs in New Hampshire hospitals was 39% lower

than expected, based on national data; there were 55% fewer central

line-associated bloodstream infections and 35% fewer surgical site


Statewide adherence to four infection-prevention practices during central

line insertions was 96.8% (significantly improved since 2009),

antimicrobial prophylaxis was given accurately more often than the national

average (over 97%), and the overall staff influenza vaccination rate was

77.4%, which has been significantly improving since 2008.

“The hospitals have been working with the Department for three years on

this project and I want to commend them for all of their hard work,” said

Dr. José Montero. “The numbers are showing improvement over last year so we

are encouraged by that and hope to see a continued improvement in the


The collection of the data is meant to be a tool for hospitals to track

their progress and identify areas that require special attention, for DHHS

to see where improvements can be made, and to help inform consumers. To

view the report, visit