Study Suggests Well-Known Health Systems Struggle With Bloodstream Infections

A recent Consumer Reports analysis suggests even well-known health systems, such as The Cleveland Clinic, may struggle to keep infection rates low, according to a Consumer Reports news release.

The organization compiled data from The Leapfrog Group on central line-associated bloodstream infections patients acquired in health systems with at least five hospitals. Results showed that some "powerhouse" health systems reported more central line-associated bloodstream infections than the national average. The Cleveland Clinic, for example, reported more than 140 infections in 48,184 days that their patients spent with central lines in place. This rate is 41 percent worse than the national average.


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The report did find, however, that while some systems performed poorly overall, some facilities within systems performed exceptionally. The Cleveland Clinic's Euclid Hospital and Huron Hospital, for example, reported zero infections. Other health systems also reported overall infection rates that were better than the national average for central line-associated bloodstream infections.

Read the Consumer Reports news release about health system infection rates.

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