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Consumers Union Report: Almost 100,000 Surgical Patients Didn't Get the Right Infection Prevention Care During Year Studied
Date:4/27/2009

More Hospitals Following Surgical Infection Prevention Measures, But too Many Patients Remain at Risk

AUSTIN, Texas, April 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new report released today by Consumers Union found that hospitals have made progress following certain surgical infection prevention practices, but that too many patients aren't getting the right care needed to keep them safe. At a minimum, almost 100,000 patients were left vulnerable to developing surgical infections during the year studied because hospitals failed to follow practices proven to reduce the risk of infection, according to a Consumers Union estimate. The Consumers Union report is available at: http://www.safepatientproject.org/cutting_surgical_infection.pdf

The number of patients who did not receive the correct care is likely much higher because the estimate is based on a patient sample reported by hospitals and not the total number of patients who undergo surgery each year. Consumers Union found that 445 hospitals across the country were in low compliance of following a critical infection prevention measure.

"We've known for nearly 50 years that the appropriate use of antibiotics before surgery can dramatically reduce the risk of infection," said Lisa McGiffert, Director of Consumers Union's Stop Hospital Infections Campaign. "But too many hospitals are not protecting their patients by following these proven infection control practices consistently. As a result, patient experiences can vary widely within each state depending on where they have surgery."

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