Hospitals Must Recommit to Patient Safety: Leapfrog Group Study Finds Significant Spike in Infections

A new study by The Leapfrog Group has found a dramatic spike in healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) across the country, with significant increases in infections reported during this Safety Grade cycle. The study also found that the increase in infections varied by state, indicating a need for increased attention to patient safety measures.

“The dramatic spike in HAIs reported in this Safety Grade cycle should stop hospitals in their tracks – infections like these can be life or death for some patients,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We recognize the tremendous strain the pandemic put on hospitals and their workforce, but alarming findings like these indicate hospitals must recommit to patient safety and build more resilience.”

The study found that 32 out of 50 states had a significant increase of central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI), with the biggest increase reported in West Virginia. Additionally, 18 out of 50 states had a significant increase of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MSRA), with the biggest increase also reported in West Virginia. Furthermore, 11 out of 50 states had a significant increase of catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI), with the biggest increase reported in New Mexico.

These findings highlight the need for healthcare providers to prioritize infection prevention measures and patient safety, even during times of crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic. The study suggests that investing in infection prevention measures, increasing staffing levels, and providing emotional support to healthcare workers can help improve patient outcomes and maintain high safety grades.

The findings of the study underscore the importance of continued efforts to improve hospital safety and patient outcomes. By prioritizing safety and infection prevention, healthcare providers can ensure that patients receive the high-quality care they deserve, no matter where they live.

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