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New PA hospital report shows certain infection, readmission rates down

Written by Megan Lello and Radio Pennsylvania | Jan 20, 2013 8:42 AM

(Harrisburg) -- A new report highlighting infection and readmission rates at hospitals around the state shows improvement in such areas in recent years.  

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The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania study posts a 44 percent decline in dangerous central line infections between 2008 and 2010. A central line is a long catheter that can have multiple openings to deliver medicines and fluids to patients.

Group President and CEO Andy Carter says the report addresses a wide range of issues. "It contains many examples of hospital successes in the areas of infection prevention, obstetrical adverse events, reduction of readmissions, and universal vaccination of health care workers."

Carter says the study also found there's been a 40 percent drop in wrong-site surgeries since 2007.

He adds more than 130 PA hospitals and health systems are part of the Pennsylvania Hospital Engagement Network, which hopes to reduce hospital readmissions by 20 percent by the end of this year.

Carter says the report can help lawmakers and other public officials decide on additional measures to help improve patient safety.

For a closer look at patient safety initiatives and health policy, check out witf's multimedia initiative, Transforming Health

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