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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

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"All hospitals should be aiming for zero infections," said Santa.  "The procedures needed to eliminate ICU infections are simple, low-tech, and inexpensive, requiring a change of mindset and culture. All ICUs should be able to dramatically reduce if not eliminate these infections," continued Santa.    

The Consumer Reports online ratings are based on hospitals that publicly report their infection rates as a result of state laws and hospitals that voluntarily report to the Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C. based nonprofit, works with large employers and purchasers of health care to measure and publicly report on hospital safety and quality in 41 states in the U.S. (www.leapfroggroup.org).  Citizen activists, including those working with Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, have helped enact laws in 27 states, forcing hospitals to publicly disclose their infection rates.  To date, 17 of those states have made that information publicly available.  

California has passed a hospital-infection reporting law but the state has not started disclosing infection rates to the public.  Under the state's law, the Department of Health is required to issue its first report on central line-associated bloodstream infections on January 1, 2011.  "California has already failed to meet some of the initia
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