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Consumer Reports Health: Central-Line Infection Rates in Los Angeles Hospitals Vary Dramatically; Some Hospitals Not Reporting
Date:2/2/2010

national average, meaning that that there were 86 percent fewer infections reported than the U.S. average for its mix of ICUs; Cedars-Sinai Medical Center reported 81 percent fewer infections than average; and St. Vincent Medical Center reported 75 percent fewer infections than average.   The infection rates are for 2008.

On the other end of the spectrum, several Los Angeles area hospitals reported high infection rates, all more than double the national average.  Alhambra Hospital Medical Center reported an infection rate that was 440 percent worse than the national average for its mix of ICUs; Kaiser Foundation Hospital Woodland Hills reported a rate that was 304 percent worse than the national average; and City of Hope National Medical Center reported a rate that was 280 percent worse than the national average.  Other hospitals that reported higher than average infection rates include: Downey Regional Medical Center reported a rate that was 182 percent worse than the national average; Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center reported a rate that was 180 percent worse than the national average; St. Francis Medical Center reported a rate that was 177 percent worse than the national average; Citrus Valley Medical Center – Queen of the Valley Campus reported a rate that was 153 percent worse than the national average; Santa Monica – UCLA Medical Center reported a rate that was 143 percent worse than the national average; and West Hills Hospital and Medical Center reported a rate that was 126 percent worse than the national average.    

In Los Angeles, variation among hospitals is true across the board and even within the same system of Kaiser Permanente-owned hospitals and medical centers, which range from a reported rate of zero in
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