Data published on how often central line-associated bloodstream infections occur in intensive care units

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Intravenous news: Medpagetoday.com report “A government website that publishes data on hospital outcomes such as mortality and readmission rates will now include information on central line infections, officials said. Hospital Compare will now show data on how often central line-associated bloodstream infections occur in intensive care units across the country, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The move will “hold hospitals accountable for bringing down these rates,” the agency said in a press release.

Although rates of central line infections fell 58% between 2001 and 2009, about one in 20 intensive care unit patients still contract them, according to data from the CDC. The agency estimated there were a total of 18,000 such infections in 2009.”

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