Central line infection report

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Intravenous news: ConsumerReports.org report “If there’s one thing that all sides agree on in the health-care-reform debate, it’s the need to dramatically reduce the number of infections that patients acquire in the hospital. But infection data newly released to the public show that although some hospitals in this country are doing an excellent job of protecting patients, others are not.

Our study focuses on one of the most dreaded types of the approximately 1.7 million infections that occur each year in U.S. hospitals. They are bloodstream infections introduced through the large intravenous catheters that deliver medication, nutrition, and fluids to patients in intensive care. These so-called central-line infections account for 15 percent of all hospital infections but are responsible for at least 30 percent of the 99,000 annual hospital-infection-related deaths, according to the best estimates available. Even for those who survive, a central-line infection means weeks or months of debilitating treatments and side effects.”

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