Title

Healthcare-associated Infections: Getting the Balance Right in Safety and Quality v. Public Reporting

Author Faculty (Discipline)

Nursing

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-15-2012

JOURNAL

Australian Health Review

VOLUME NUMBER

36

ISSUE NUMBER

4

PAGE NUMBERS

365-366

ANZSRC / FoR Code

110309 Infectious Diseases| 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified| 111709 Health Care Administration

Reportable Items

C1

Abstract

Healthcare settings are dangerous places. For those receiving care, the risk of unintended harm from healthcare failures continues to be significant. Given this, there is a need to monitor standards in healthcare, not only to identify potential issues, but also to plan and evaluate interventions aimed at improving healthcare standards. Public reporting of performance standards is one aspect to monitoring standards, but not the only one. Public reporting also brings with it challenges. This perspective explores the recent move to publicly report one healthcare-associated infection (HAI) on the MyHospitals website and comments on the broader issue of using existing HAI data for the purposes of public reporting.

Peer Review

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