Hospitals in Illinois are participating in programs to reduce the number of infections acquired during hospital stays. While it is difficult to reduce infections to zero, following specific protocols can greatly reduce the risk.
The Hospital Report Card Act (Illinois Public Act 93-563) requires Illinois hospitals to report central line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) as well as surgical site infections (SSIs). As of January 1, 2012, hospitals are also mandated to report Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bloodstream infections and Clostridium difficile infections. Infections are reported through the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) surveillance system. The Standardized Infection Ratio (SIR), a summary measure used to determine whether infection data are statistically different from the national average, is presented for each type of infection shown below. Read more about health care-associated infections in Illinois. To learn more about the data collection methods using the CDC's National Health Safety Network (NHSN) surveillance system, read the Report Card methodology.