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Performace Accountabality - Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) - Reporting

 

General questions and answers about the Ontario release of MRSA information

 

Question:  What exactly is being tracked and reported?

Answer:  Beginning December 30, 2008, Mackenzie Health will post the quarterly rate and case count of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteremia (blood stream infections caused by MRSA), acquired in the facility on our website. The first reporting period will cover the months of September, October and November.

 

At the end of each quarter, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care will report the previous quarter’s data on their website (www.ontario.ca/patientsafety), by hospital site, including:

  • the actual number of new hospital-acquired MRSA bacteremia cases, and
  • the hospital-acquired MRSA bacteremia rate (the percentage of patients who developed MRSA bacteremia while in hospital).

Question: How do we know if our hospital’s rate is high?

Answer: Public reporting of our hospital’s methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) rates allows us to establish a baseline for infections so that we can begin tracking over time. If we feel our rates have risen above our baseline, we can look at our hospital’s processes, identify areas for improvement, and implement strategies to reduce the incidence of these hospital-acquired infections in our organization.

 

Question: Will our MRSA rates be compared to rates at other hospitals in the area?

Answer: Public reporting is not intended to serve as a measure for hospitals to compare themselves against other organizations, or for the public to use as a measure of where to seek care. It is important to remember that rates at many hospitals will vary from quarter to quarter. In a smaller facility, there is a greater chance that variation in a hospital’s methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) count will impact the hospital’s rate. This is because a change in even one case in a small facility will cause the rate to go up or down considerably.

 

Question: How are the rates calculated?

Answer: The MRSA rate is calculated as follows: the number of new hospital-acquired cases of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)-associated disease associated with the reporting facility x 1000 divided by the number of patient days. This rate represents the incidence rate of hospital-acquired MRSA associated with the reporting facility per 1000 patient days.

 

Question: Why is it not useful to compare hospitals’ MRSA rates?
Answer: The public reporting of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) rates is not intended to serve as a measure for hospitals to compare themselves against other organizations, or for the public to use as a measure of where to seek care. Rates can vary from hospital to hospital, month to month. Some hospitals may experience higher rates of MRSA due to the nature of the care they provide and their patient population, such as those with higher elderly patient populations.

 

What the public reporting adds and ensures is that all hospitals are tracking and counting in the same way. This is not for comparison purposes, but rather for accountability. Our posting of the data on our website confirms Mackenzie Health’s commitment to public accountability and transparency. A further benefit is that hospitals with similar demographics and challenges can more easily learn from one another and share tips and strategies.

 

Question: Who can I contact to learn more about MRSA? 
Answer:  If you would like more information about methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), please contact: York Region Health Services Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653.

 

Mackenzie Health methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) rates

 

Reporting Period

Case Count:

Rate per 1,000 patient days:

October 1 - December 31, 2016 1 0.03
July 1 - September 30, 2016 0 0.00
April 1 - June 30, 2016 1 0.03
January 1 - March 31, 2016 <5 0.03
October 1 - December 31, 2015 0 0.0
July 1 - September 30, 2015 0 0.0
April 1 - June 30, 2015 0 0.0
January 1 - March 31, 2015 0 0.0
October 1 - December 31, 2014 1 0.03
July 1 - September 30, 2014 0 0.0
April 1 - June 30, 2014 0 0.0
January 1 - March 31, 2014 0 0.0
October 1 - December 31, 2013 0 0.0
July 1 - September 30, 2013 0 0.0
April 1 - June 30, 2013 1 0.03
January 1 - March 31, 2013 0 0.0
October 1 - December 31, 2012 0 0.0
July 1 - September 30, 2012 0 0.0
April 1 - June 30, 2012 0 0.0
January 1 - March 31, 2012 0 0.0
October 1 - December 31, 2011 0 0.0
July 1 - September 30, 2011 0 0.0
April 1 - June 30, 2011 0 0.0
January 1 - March 31, 2011 1 0.03
October 1 - December 31, 2010

0

0.0

July 1, 2010 to September 30, 2010

0

0.0

April 1, 2010 - June 30, 2010

0

0.0

January 1, 2010 - March 31, 2010

0

0.0

October 1 to December 31, 2009

0

0.0

July 01 to September 30, 2009

1

0.0

April 01 to June 30, 2009

0

0.0

Jan. 01 to Mar. 31, 2009

0

0.0

Oct. 01 to Dec. 31, 2008

0

0.0

 

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