Report: U.S. Hospitals Still Lag on Infection-Prevention Measures
Hospitals nationwide have taken steps toward preventing surgical infections but many patients still are not receiving proper care to prevent infections, according to a Consumers Union report released Monday, the Stockton Record reports.
For the report, titled "Cutting Surgical Infections," Consumers Union evaluated data from CMS' Hospital Compare Web site.
The report found that 445 of U.S. hospitals were in low compliance with a key measure aimed at preventing infections and that close to 100,000 patients were left susceptible to surgical infections because hospitals were not fully in compliance with prevention measures.Â
In San Joaquin and Calaveras counties, the report showed that the area's eight acute care hospitals inconsistently complied with prevention efforts (Stockton Record, 4/28).The report breaks out compliance data for California hospitals. This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.