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

re 76 percent fewer infections reported than the U.S. average for its mix of ICUs. Caritas Good Samaritan Medical Center reported 73 percent fewer infections than average and Mount Auburn Hospital reported 70 percent fewer infections than average.  The infection rates are for 2008.

Several of Boston's major teaching hospitals fell in the middle of the pack: Massachusetts General Hospital reported a rate that was 51 percent better than average and Brigham and Women's Hospital reported a rate that was 29 percent better than average.

Boston had several hospitals with high infection rates. Some of the hospitals with the highest infection rates include: MetroWest Medical Center reported an infection rate that was 346 percent worse than the national average for its mix of ICUs; Morton Hospital and Medical Center reported a rate that was 151 percent worse than average; Caritas Carney Hospital reported a rate that was 147 percent worse than average; and Cambridge Health Alliance reported a rate that was 78 percent worse than average.

In Boston, variation among hospitals is true across the board and even within the same system of Caritas-owned hospitals and medical centers, which range from 73 percent better than average to 147 percent worse than average.   "Infection rates can vary widely from hospital to hospital and even within the same hospital chain or system," said John Santa, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center.  "Providing patients with infection rate information enables them to identify which hospitals are making patient safety a priority and which ones are not."  According to a related investigative report in the March issue of Consumer Reports, of the 926 U.S. hospitals whose
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