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GAO reports on state reporting and other initiatives to reduce health-care-associated infections

The Government Accountability Office looks at 23 states that had established mandatory HAI public reporting systems through February 2008. The report looks at other initiatives to track health-care-associated infections, including states that collect information on hospital-associated MRSA infections, states that have adopted the CDC's National Healthcare Safety Networ and hospitals that have adopted initiatives to reduce MRSA by routinely testing some or all patients and isolating those who test positive for MRSA from contact with other patients.

Health-Care-Associated Infections in Hospitals: An Overview of State Reporting Programs and Individual Hospital Initiatives to Reduce Certain Infections. GAO-08-808, Sept. 5, 2008. Highlights (PDF)  


See AHCJ's primer on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).