Bloodstream infections decrease in New Jersey hospitals, group says

04/13/2011 | Record (Hackensack, N.J.), The

Intensive care units in New Jersey hospitals saw an 81% decrease in central-line infections over the two years ended in 2009, according to the New Jersey Hospital Association. The group said 18 of 72 New Jersey hospitals did not report any infection cases among their ICU patients in 2009, and a total of 328 ICU patients with central lines contracted blood infections in 2009, compared with 18,000 throughout the U.S. Forty-two hospitals in the state are part of an initiative that uses a safety checklist to prevent infections.

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