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Consumer Reports Health: Central-Line Infection Rates In Boston Hospitals Vary Dramatically; Some Hospitals Not Reporting
Date:2/2/2010

YONKERS, N.Y., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Hospitals in the Boston area vary dramatically in terms of how well their intensive care units (ICUs) prevent central-line bloodstream infections, a cause of death, disability, and expense in our nations' hospitals that is largely preventable.  On February 2, www.ConsumerReportsHealth.org will post hospital infection rates for 25 Boston area hospitals, along with other critical patient safety and satisfaction information for consumers.  Bloodstream infections cause at least 30 percent of the estimated 99,000 annual hospital-infection-related deaths in the U.S. and add on average $42,000 to the hospital bills of each ICU patient who gets a central-line infection.

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Five hospitals in the Boston area reported zero central line infections: Southcoast Hospitals Group-Charlton Memorial Hospital, Faulkner Hospital, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, and Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital.  Other hospitals reporting lower than average infection rates include Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, which reported a rate that is 76 percent better than the national average, meaning there we
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