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Consumer Reports - Hospital Infection Rates

April 01, 2010
Behind the data Hospital infection ratesLast reviewed: March 2010 Here are the top and bottom performers in 10 states where hospitals are publicly reporting the numbers of central-line-related bloodstream infections in their intensive-care units. The number next to each state's name indicates how many hospitals we analyzed for that state. The hospital infection rate shows how well each hospital performed compared with the national average for its mix of ICUs (cardiac, surgical, etc.). We included only hospitals that had more than 1,000 central-line days (total days that all patients spent on central lines during the reporting period). And no, that's not a misprint: The worst performers in Rhode Island and Vermont have lower-than-average hospital infection rates—but not zero. Can't find your state listed among the 10 below? See additional reports that have recently become available for Florida, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington state. Compare more than 3,600 hospitals (subscribers only) on a range of characteristics, including bloodstream infection data where available. Additional information on state infection reporting and infection prevention is available at Consumers Union's Safe Patient Project. Check out central-line-associated bloodstream-infection rates and other data derived from hospitals' voluntary submissions to the Leapfrog Hospital Survey. Hospital ICU central-line days Infection rate COLORADO Centura Health-Littleton Adventist Hospital Littleton 2,946 No infections Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center Lafayette 2,470 No infections Mercy Regional Medical Center Durango 1,153 No infections Boulder Community Hospital Boulder 1,841 129% more infections than average Look up Colorado hospitals. DELAWARE Alfred I. DuPont Institute Wilmington 5,651 65% fewer infections than average Christiana Care Health System Newark 9,332 34% more infections than average Look up Delaware hospitals. MAINE St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center Lewiston 1,327 No infections York Hospital York 1,008 No infections Maine Medical Center Portland 8,576 149% more infections than average Look up Maine hospitals. MISSOURI Phelps County Regional Medical Center Rolla 1,193 No infections SSM St. Joseph Health Center St. Charles 1,767 No infections St. John’s Mercy Hospital Washington 6,744 No infections SSM St. Mary’s Health Center Richmond Heights 3,351 172% more infections than average Look up Missouri hospitals. NEW YORK Cayuga Medical Center Ithaca 1,184 No infections Community General Hospital Syracuse 1,215 No infections Glen Cove Hospital Glen Cove 1,731 No infections Kingston Hospital Kingston 1,754 No infections Northern Westchester Hospital Mount Kisco 1,179 No infections Rome Memorial Hospital Rome 1,368 No infections Saratoga Hospital Saratoga 1,609 No infections Southside Hospital Bay Shore 2,565 No infections Vassar Brothers Medical Center Poughkeepsie 4,275 No infections North General Hospital New York City 1,462 394% more infections than average Look up New York hospitals. RHODE ISLAND Rhode Island Hospital Providence 3,006 85% fewer infections than average Miriam Hospital Providence 1,429 56% fewer infections than average Look up Rhode Island hospitals. SOUTH CAROLINA Loris Healthcare System Loris 1,016 No infections Oconee Memorial HospitalSeneca 1,217 No infections St. Francis Hospital Downtown Greenville 3,465 No infections Hilton Head Hospital Hilton Head Island 1,005 200% more infections than average Look up South Carolina hospitals. TENNESSEE Cumberland Medical Center Crossville 1,006 No infections Gateway Medical Center Clarksville 1,174 No infections Indian Path Medical Center Kingsport 1,387 No infections Morristown-Hamblen Hospital Morristown 1,236 No infections Skyridge Medical Center Cleveland 1,638 No infections Regional Medical Center at Memphis Memphis 3,927 238% more infections than average Look up Tennessee hospitals. VERMONT Rutland Regional Medical Rutland 1,088 No infections Fletcher Allen Health Care Burlington 6,822 36% fewer infections than average Look up Vermont hospitals. VIRGINIA Augusta Health Care Fishersville 1,133 No infections Danville Regional Medical Center Danville 1,074 No infections Inova Alexandria Hospital Alexandria 6,483 No infections Inova Loudoun Hospital Leesburg 1,758 No infections Sentara Bayside Hospital Virginia Beach 2,052 No infections Prince William Hospital Manassas 1,184 160% more infections than average Look up Virginia hospitals. We obtained national averages from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The reports for each state are the most recent available; most are from 2008. We excluded from analysis infections in neonatal, burn, and trauma units, where reported. Behind the Data provides a detailed description of our methodology. Sources: Public state infection reports and the Leapfrog Group.