Consumer Reports Health.org Presents Teaching Hospital Bloodstream Infection Information

June 7, 2011

A June 7, 2011 online report presented on Consumer Reports Health.org discusses data on central line-associated bloodstream infections occurring in the nation’s teaching hospitals.

Consumer Reports researchers reviewed bloodstream infections for patients in intensive care units at teaching hospitals. The data used came from two sources: 18 states that publicly report hospital infection rates and the Leapfrog Group.

Member hospitals of the Council of Teaching Hospitals were the focus of the review. Consumer Reports found these hospitals “showed no improvement, overall, compared with last year’s report in the number that reported zero infections.”

Three teaching hospitals received Consumer Reports lowest rating in preventing bloodstream infections:

  • Saint Louis University Hospital, Saint Louis, Missouri;
  • Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY; and
  • Regional Medical Center at Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee.

In addition, 64 hospitals received Consumer Reports lowest rating.

To view the report, visit Consumer Reports Health.org.

Additional resource: Lowes, R. High Central-Line Infection Rates at Many Teaching Hospitals. Medscape Today. June 7, 2011.

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