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.
A study reveals that hospital staff members fail to let patients know of an error in their care more than 50% of the time, but patients rate their care as being better if they are informed about errors, reports The Boston Globe.
Children’s Hospital Boston will partner with three of the state’s health insurance plans and the state Medicaid program “as part of a larger push to control the rise in pediatric heath care costs,” the Boston Globe reports.
Surescripts, the nation's largest e-prescribing network, announced yesterday that Massachusetts ranks highest in the nation when it comes to e-prescribing.