DICON benchmarks are reports that consist of time-trended intra- and inter-hospital infection rates (while keeping individual hospitals' information confidential and while following all current HIPAA regulations) on the employee exposure rates and nocosomial infection rates mentioned above – allowing community hospitals to benchmark reductions in nosocomial infection rates against community hospitals of similar size.

Included below are several examples of reports that DICON routinely distributes to member hospitals.

The first report shows benchmarked data for 8 SSI procedures for an “Example Hospital” for the period January 1 to December 31, 2010. The data from this “Example Hospital” data are highlighted (color-coded) to facilitate comparison of their rates with rates in other hospitals. The report packages typically include a cover letter to the local CEO and a graph that shows the rate of SSI for all the SSI infections in our database by pre-operative risk index. Also included in the report package is an executive summary discussing the significance of locally collected data on SSI and graphs of benchmarked date.

The second report includes examples of surveillance data on rates of hospital-acquired infections for another “Example Hospital” for the time period January 1 to December 31, 2010. The benchmarked data are divided into: Hospital-Wide Surveillance Data and ICU Surveillance Data. The typical report includes a summary of key points from the surveillance data graphs, benchmark surveillance data summary spreadsheet, hospital-wide surveillance data graphs, ICU surveillance data graphs, and burden of hospital-acquired MRSA.

  1. Hospital-wide Surveillance Data for Example Hospital (PDF)
  2. ICU Surveillance Data for Example Hospital (PDF)