SB 910 - Under current law, the Department of Health and Senior Services is required to disseminate reports to the public based on data compiled showing for hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers infection incidence rate for certain infections. This act adds certain other infections to be reported including surgical site infections associated with Caesarean sections and vaginal births, hip and knee replacements, and all manner of hysterectomies; ventilator-associated events rather than ventilator-associated pneumonia, and all infections specified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
This act also provides that no later than January 15, 2015, the Department shall promulgate rules specifying the standards and procedures for each hospital and ambulatory surgical center to establish an Antibiotic Stewardship Program for evaluating the judicious use of antibiotics, especially antibiotics that are the last line of defense against resistant infections. The Stewardship Program procedures shall be reported quarterly to the Department, which shall make those results available to the public on its website. The timeline for reporting the results on the website are specified under the act.