Massachusetts hospital infection rates drop

Several hospitals in Massachusetts have reported significant decreases in hospital-acquired infections due to new procedures and staff attitudes about the inevitability of infection, according to a report by the Boston Globe.  Several academic medical centers in Boston said the number of ICU patients contracting bloodstream infections had dropped by at least half in the past several years because of new procedures to keep intravenous lines and other tubes cleaner. Hospitals also said they have reduced the number of patients on respirators who develop pneumonia.

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