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Sentara Remains Successful at Preventing Patient Infections
Date:5/13/2010

NORFOLK, Va., May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center has posted another year with not a single case of Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (VAP).  That makes six consecutive years without this hospital acquired infection that can lead to increased mortality and increased cost of care for some of the hospital's sickest patients.  Three other Sentara hospitals have eliminated common hospital infections in their Intensive Care Units for one year or more and infection rates across the system are trending down.

Recent national news coverage points to the 100,000 hospital deaths each year that are the direct result of patient infections obtained while in the hospital, which nationally are on the rise.  Hospital acquired infections not only compromise the health of the patient, but they add to the costly provision of health care.  Some estimates say that these infections add between 4.5 and 5.7 billion dollars to the annual cost of healthcare in this country. 

Sentara has worked for many years to measure, in real time, hospital infection rates across all its ICUs and apply proven medical best practices to reduce the incidence in its facilities.  Not only is Sentara seeing significan
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