Consumer reports finds that teaching hospitals are not always the best for patient safety

Teaching hospitals are not always the best in the nation at preventing hospital acquired infections, according to a report released by Consumer Reports.

The report examined the rate of blood stream infections in hospital ICU patients from publicly reported sources, and from the Leapfrog group for teaching hospital systems across the nation.

Key findings:

  • Overall, the infection rates have not improved since last year’s report.
  • Three teaching hospitals received the lowest rating for preventing hospital infections.
  • Another sixty-four teaching hospitals received the second lowest rating for preventing hospital infections.

(Sources: Consumer Reports, http://www.consumerreports.org, June, 2011; The Advisory Board Daily Briefing, http://advisory.com, June 8, 2011)