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Consumer Reports Health: Central-Line Infection Rates in Dallas/Ft. Worth Hospitals Vary Dramatically; 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 the Dallas/Fort Worth 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 Dallas/Fort Worth 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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In the Dallas/Forth Worth area, only two of the 25 hospitals rated, Harris Methodist HEB and Harris Methodist Southwest, reported zero central line infections.  Other hospitals with lower than average infection rates include: Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, whi
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