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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

's implementation was delayed until funding was authorized in 2009.    

"Now that Texas has the funding it needs, the state should move forward with implementing its infection reporting law," said Lisa McGiffert, Director of Consumers Union's Safe Patient Project (www.SafePatientProject.org ).   "All Texans have the right to know whether their local hospital is doing a good job keeping patients safe from these sometimes deadly infections."

Consequently, the Consumer Reports ratings for Texas 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, and refuse," said Leah Binder, CEO of the Leapfrog Group.   Binder noted that more than 40 hospitals in the Dallas/Fort Worth metro 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 ar
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