Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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Hospital infection data

PA and NJ Hospital Scores for Central Line and Catheter Infections

PA and NJ Hospital Scores for Central Line and Catheter Infections

Compare the performance of 229 Pennsylvania and New Jersey hospitals at preventing two sometimes deadly hospital-acquired conditions: central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) and catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI).
For each hospital, the chart shows the number of intensive-care Medicare patients who contracted each infection (“cases observed”) during the most recent period. It also shows the number of cases predicted for each facility, based on a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention formula that takes into account hospital size, type of ICU, and other factors.
The score is the ratio of observed to predicted cases, so a lower score indicates better performance, generally speaking. A score significantly above 1 means the hospital performed worse than the CDC’s national benchmark, whereas a score significantly below 1 is better than the benchmark.
Central lines are tubes inserted into a blood vessel near a patient’s heart. Urinary catheters are tubes inserted to drain urine.


The reporting period for CLABSI cases was July 2011 through June 2012. For CAUTI only the first six months of 2012 were examined. Predicted cases were rounded to the whole number. Some scores were not shown if the hospital did not have an ICU or the numbers were too small.

In some cases, multiple hospitals reported data to Medicare under one license, including Mercy Fitzgerald, which is grouped with Mercy Philadelphia. Kennedy University Hospital data represents locations in Stratford, Cherry Hill and Washington Township. Aria Health data covers locations in Frankford, Torresdale and Langhorne. Thomas Jefferson's data includes Methodist Hospital in South Philadelphia.