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Consumer Reports Health: Central-Line Infection Rates Vary in San Francisco Hospitals; Three Hospitals Report Zero Infections; Some Hospitals Not Reporting
Date:2/2/2010

New online hospital ratings put infection rates and other patient safety information in the public eye

YONKERS, N.Y., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Hospitals in San Francisco 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 29 Bay area hospitals, including six in San Francisco, 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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In San Francisco, three out of six hospitals reported zero central line infections: St. Luke's Hospital, Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, and St. Mary's Medical Center.   California Pacific Medical Center-Pacific Campus reported an infection rate that's 43 percent b
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