Consumer Reports ranks hospitals on infections

A new investigation from Consumer Reports looks into hospital infections to rate which hospitals do better or worse at protecting their patients from dangerous bugs.

Each year, about 648,000 people in the United States develop infections during a hospital stay, and about 75,000 die with them, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many of these cases can be traced back to inappropriate antibiotic use, the very drugs that are supposed to fight infections.

For the first time ever, Consumer Reports included data on MRSA and C. diff infections -- two of the most common and deadly "superbugs" in the U.S. -- in their hospital ratings.
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Healthcare associated infections and diabetes complications dropping

In recent Commonwealth Fund blog post, David Blumenthal noted that a recent Center for Disease Control and Prevention report showed healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) decreasing at the nation's hospitals, with central line associated bloodstream infections dropping 44% from 2008-2012 and some surgical site infections dropping as much as 20%. 

In a separate post, Blumenthal noted that in a separate CDC report published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that between 1990 and 2010 complication rates among US diabetic patients fell sharply.

CUSP initiative has reduced central-line bloodstream infections by 40%

A patient safety initiative funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has reduced the rate of central line-associated bloodstream infections in intensive care units by 40 percent, according to an AHRQ press release.
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Johns Hopkins reduces pediatric bloodstream infections by 20% in oncology

Jonhs Hopkins Medical Center was able to reduce the number of central-line bloodstream infections in pediatric cancer patients by 20% over two years by following a set of basic precautions, by encouraging families to speak up when they observe noncompliance with the protocol and by honest analysis of the root cause behind every single infection, according to a Johns Hopkins press release.
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Incidence, mortality and cost of c diff infections are at all time high

The incidence, mortality, and medical costs of clostridium difficile infection (CDI) are at their highest levels in history, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Patient ratings on website found to correlate with quality of care

A study by the British National Health Service (NHS) has found a correlation between positive patient ratings of their healthcare experience and higher quality care, according to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to grant $218 million to improve patient safety

The Department of Health and Human Services will award $218 million to 26 hospitals and hospital associations to target initiatives aimed at reducing preventable injuries and complications from hospital-acquired conditions, according to Health Leaders Media.
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HRET receives $4 Million contract to reduce CAUTI rates nationwide

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has awarded a one year, $4 million contract to The Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET), an affiliate of the American Hospital Association, to help hospitals nationwide reduce the incidence of catheter-associated urinary tract infections, according to an HRET press release.
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