State releases report on hospital infection rates

A new report says state hospitals had a higher rate of infection in surgical intensive care units in
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A new report says state hospitals had a higher rate of infection in surgical intensive care units in 2007 than the rest of the nation.

Infection report

To view the complete report on infection rates at New York state hospitals, click here.

Compared to the national average of 2.7 infections per 1,000 days of central-line treatment, New York surgical intensive care units had 3.7 per 1,000.

A central line is a tube into a major vein that allows doctors to administer medication or monitor a health condition. They can lead to infection.

The report on hospital acquired infections was conducted by the state Department of Health in compliance with a 2005 law that required New York to track statewide infection trends.

New York had a lower rate of central-line infections in pediatric and coronary intensive care units than the rest of the country.

Categories: Schenectady County

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