In May 2008, the Ontario government introduced a program of full public reporting on eight patient safety indicators as part of a comprehensive plan to create an unprecedented level of transparency in Ontario’s hospitals. As of April 2009, all hospitals in Ontario are required to report on the following indicators:
- Clostridium difficile associated disease (CDAD)
- Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) related bloodstream infections
- Vancomycin-resistant Enterococci (VRE) related bloodstream infections
- Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP)
- Central line infections (CLI)
- Surgical site infections (SSI)
- Hand Hygiene compliance
- Surgical Safety Checklist
Through the implementation of best practices for the prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections, we keep our commitment to the safety of our patients, staff, physicians, volunteers and students. Below is a link to OSMH’s current data on hospital-associated infections.
Click here to view OSMH's patient safety indicator reports.
How is an Infection rate calculated?
An Infection rate is calculated as a rate per 1,000 patient days. The "Total Patient Days" represents the sum of the number of days during which services were provided to all inpatients during the given time period. For smaller facilities rates may vary from month to month: the smaller the facility, the greater the rates will vary. This is because a change in even one case in a small facility will cause the rate to go up or down considerably.
It is important to understand that the reporting of these rates is not the overall solution to reducing the rates of healthcare associated infections. They are tools which will provide hospitals with good information to assist in understanding where patient safety issues exist and to take actions to improve safety standards.
In keeping with our priority of being a hospital known for patient safety, rates will be posted monthly for the above indicators. Please select an indicator above for the most current data.
Rates for the province of Ontario can be found at MOHLTC Patient Safety Indicators