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Alabama Hospital Infections, 2021

Compare level of infections at Alabama hospitals in 2021. Healthcare associated infections are grouped by type of infection (catheter associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI), central line-associated blood stream infection (CLABSI), surgical site infection (SSI) associated with colon surgery, and SSI associated with abdominal hysterectomy. Hospital-specific data shown for Birmingham and 6 other regions, along with whether the hospital is better, similar or worse than national average.

The state as a whole in 2021 had scores better than the national average for CAUTI. However, 7 hospitals had significantly worse scores. Being excellent in one area does not necessarily apply to other types of infections. For example, USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital had better than average CLABSI scores, but significantly worse ratings in hysterectomy infections. Alabama overall had CLABSI rates that were significantly higher than the national average. The number of infections from low-scoring hospitals were enough to pull the state down. By Alabama Dept. of Public Health; 18 pages published November 2022.

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