The first-ever statewide report on infections occurring in Kansas hospitals shows progress against two specific types of infections.
Hand-washing is one of the most important precautions to keep from spreading germs to susceptible patients. Hospitals are also trying to use urinary catheters only when there’s no other option. They’re also reducing the use of central lines—IV ports that go into a large blood vessel.
The results from 2011 show that Kansas is well below national averages for usage of those devices, and for the infections that result.