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.
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Hospital ICU central-line days Infection rate
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
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Alfred I. DuPont Institute Wilmington 5,651 65% fewer infections than average
Christiana Care Health System Newark 9,332 34% more infections than average
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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
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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
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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
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Rhode Island Hospital Providence 3,006 85% fewer infections than average
Miriam Hospital Providence 1,429 56% fewer infections than average
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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
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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
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Rutland Regional Medical Rutland 1,088 No infections
Fletcher Allen Health Care Burlington 6,822 36% fewer infections than average
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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
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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.