Hospital-acquired central-line associated infections decline in N.Y.

12/29/2013 | United Press International

The rate of neonatal, pediatric and adult central-line associated bloodstream infections in New York hospitals fell 53% from 2007 to 2012, while the rate of surgical site infections for certain procedures declined 16%, according to a report from the state's Department of Health. Surgical intensive care units achieved the largest reduction in CLABSI rates. Meanwhile, hospitals that began using a more sensitive diagnostic test for Clostridium difficile saw their rates for the infection rise since 2010, but rates fell for hospitals that did not change testing methods.

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