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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

l requirements of its hospital infection law so we are concerned that it will miss the deadline for issuing its first infection rate report next year," said Lisa McGiffert, Director of Consumers Union's Safe Patient Project (www.SafePatientProject.org ).  "Until the state makes infection rates public for all California hospitals, consumers will be left with an incomplete picture of this critical patient safety information."  

Consequently, the Consumer Reports ratings for California hospitals are based on Leapfrog data.  "It is important to recognize that many hospitals demonstrate commitment to their communities by willingly reporting safety data—warts and all. Consumers should be most wary of hospitals that are asked to report by their patients (or customers), and refuse," said Leah Binder, CEO of the Leapfrog Group.  Binder noted that more than 25 hospitals in the Bay Area declined to provide their data to Leapfrog during the reporting period.  A complete list of non-reporting hospitals can be found at www.leapfroggroup.org/decline.

A Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI) is a type of infection caused by the presence of a central line catheter.   A "central line" or "central catheter" is a tube that is placed in a large vein in the neck, chest, or arm to enable the rapid administration of fluids, blood, or m
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