Tennessee hospitals lag in preventing MRSA infections

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

August 27, 2014

Patients in Tennessee hospitals are 12 percent more likely to contract a MRSA infection than most patients in other hospitals nationwide, according to a report in The Tennessean.

The report, which cites information released by the Tennessee Health Department, provides raw information about the status of healthcare-associated infection for the first six months of 2013. According to the report, the risk of a patient contracting a urinary tract infection in Tennessee is also 40 percent higher than the national standard—attributed to unnecessary use of catheters, according to the report.

But the report also cites good news for Tennessee hospitals. Apparently, the risk of contracting a central line bloodstream infection is significantly lower than the national standard, the report claims. Bloodstream infections have for some time been one of the biggest patient safety concern in hospitals, and Tennessee’s rate is 49 percent better than the national standard in adult hospitals and 66 percent better than the national standard in children’s hospitals.