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Consumer Reports Health: Central-Line Infection Rates in Tampa-St. Petersburg Area Hospitals Vary Dramatically
Date:2/2/2010

ing there were 58 percent fewer infections reported than the U.S. average for its mix of ICUs; Largo Medical Center reported 54 percent fewer infections than average; and Regional Medical Center, Hudson reported 53 percent fewer infections than average.  The infection rates are for 2008.

On the other end of the spectrum, several Tampa/St. Petersburg area hospitals reported high infection rates: St. Petersburg General Hospital reported an infection rate that was 273 percent worse than the national average for its mix of ICUs; Doctors Hospital of Sarasota reported a rate that was 212 percent worse than average; Oak Hill Hospital reported a rate that was 63 percent worse than average; and Blake Medical Center reported a rate that was 21 percent worse than average.  

"Infection rates can vary widely from hospital to hospital and even within the same hospital chain or system," said John Santa, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center.  "Arming patients with infection rate information enables them to identify which hospitals are making patient safety a priority and which ones are not."  According to a related investigative report in the March issue of Consumer Reports, of the 926 U.S. hospitals whose infection rates were analyzed by Consumer Reports Health, 105 hospitals tallied zero central line infections (listed online at www.ConsumerReportsHealth.org).  

"All hospitals should be aiming for zero infections," said Santa.  "The procedures needed to eliminate ICU
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