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

Brett G. Mitchell, Australian Catholic University

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At the time of writing Brett Mitchell was affiliated with the Australian Catholic University.


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.