In the News: HAI Misreporting

Misreporting and/or under-reporting  of hospital acquired infections (HAIs), particularly surgical site infections (SSIs) is a well-known phenomenon (see Mahmoud, Surgical Infections 2009 and Smith, Annals of Surgery, 2004). Although it cannot be said that hospitals intentionally misreport these statistics, it is clear that with the arrival of reimbursement penalties and public reporting of complication rates on HospitalCompare.gov, there are significant pressures to minimize reported infection rates.

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