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Monday, July 19, 2010

Florida Hospitals Seek To Reduce Post-Operative Infections, Complications

This sounds like a terrific idea - we should be doing something like this in CT

The Orlando Sentinel (7/18, Shrieves) reported that 81 "hospitals in
Florida are teaming up with one important goal: to reduce the number
of infections and complications that occur after surgery." For
hospitals, "fewer complications could reduce the sorts of costs that
will come under increasing scrutiny with the new federal
health-overhaul law." The paper says "currently about one in five
patients" discharged from the hospital is readmitted for
complications, costing an additional "$11,000 or more." Starting this
fall, hospitals will study four types of hospital patients such as
those who developed urinary-tract infections, and find out which
hospitals have low rates of surgical complications, so others can
learn from them.

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