Our descriptive analyses show a wide distribution in rates of central line device days and central line–associated bloodstream infections for a given standardized infection ratio—the measure linked to federal payment penalties—among 215 US hospitals serving highly complex patient populations. We established that the standardized infection ratio masks hospital-level variation in device use and associated patient safety.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Health Policy
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
- Infectious Diseases