ADPH putting hospital infection info online

      You nowhave access to some of the information reported by Alabama hospitals abouthealthcare-associated infections.

      In 2009,the State Legislature passed a law requiring hospitals to report infectioninformation to the Alabama Department of Public Health. The department hasstarted putting information online.{} Toaccess the information go to{} {} {}

      Informationavailable now pertains to a few types of infections, including surgical siteinfections of the colon and abdomen and catheter-associated urinary tractinfections.

      StateHealth Officer Dr. Don Williamson added that the report should not take theplace of discussions between patients and their physicians when choosing ahospital. "While this report is important and helpful, it should not be used asthe sole factor in the selection of a hospital," Dr. Williamson stated. {}