Saturday, April 12, 2008

Pennsylvania's 2nd annual hospital-acquired infection report

From the U.S. News & World Report article:
Leafing through the report and fizzing indignantly about the performance of some of the hospitals, I was overheard by Bernadine Healty, my next-office physician colleague (a former medical school dean and director of the National Institutes of Health). She reminded me that there could well be reasons for a number that seems outrageous. A hospital might treat a disproportionate number of patients vulnerable to infection because of HIV or old age, for instance. The data are important and impressive, she said, but the primary purpose is to alert a hospital with high numbers that something may be badly amiss. "Before jumping to conclusions, you need to drill down into the data," she said. "Investigate. Find out what's going on."
Click here to access the USNWR article. Click here to access the "Hospital-Acquired Infections in Pennsylvania" Report (98 pages).

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