Consumer Reports and the Leapfrog Group have released quality data on central-line infections for intensive-care units at 926 hospitals in 43 states.
Quality data on ICU infections released
Of participating facilities, 105 hospitals reported no central-line infections in their most-recent public reports. Still, some hospitals had twice the national average of central-line infections. There was wide variation of these infections within the same metropolitan areas and even within the same health systems, according to Consumer Reports and Leapfrog. Consumer Reports used quality data from states as well to compile the list.
In conjunction with the central-line-infection report, Leapfrog has published a list of hospitals that declined to participate in the 2009 Leapfrog Hospital Survey, and therefore are not included in the Consumer Reports list.
“Leapfrog is urging consumers to take two minutes and find out if their hospital is reporting critical safety information,” said Leah Binder, CEO of the not-for-profit Leapfrog Group, in a written statement.
Central-line infections account for 15% of all hospital infections but at least 30% of the 99,000 annual hospital infection-related deaths, and account for billions in avoidable healthcare costs, according to the report.
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