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News: CMS reveals central line infection rates

Case Management Weekly, February 22, 2012

CMS added the rates of central line-associated bloodstream infections, or CLABSIs, for specific hospital intensive care units to its Hospital Compare website, according to a February 9 HealthLeaders Media article.

Next to getting hospitals to pay more attention to their central line processes, that's what Peter Pronovost, MD, a Johns Hopkins intensivist, and his collaborators have worked toward for the better part of the last decade.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates these terrible, but preventable infections killed 10,000 of the 41,000 patients who acquired them while being cared for in U.S. intensive care units in 2009. Providing the additional care the infections required added $700 million to the healthcare bill.

The scores are posted in two ways on Hospital Compare. In the first, each hospital is listed as better, worse, or no different than the national average for the first quarter of 2011, with a link to a graph comparing the hospital's rate to the state rate.

Read more on the HealthLeaders Media website.

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