Sunday, October 16, 2011

Harrisburg Update

Market St., looking west, Harrisburg, Pa, from Robert N. Dennis collection of stereoscopic viewsThe State Legislature was in district recess last week due to Columbus Day Holiday, but controlling hospital infections, a topic they have consistently focused on garnered some attention. According to an article in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, reported cases of two common and potentially deadly types of hospital-acquired infections dropped significantly last year at Pennsylvania hospitals, the state Department of Health reported on Wednesday. Bloodstream infections caused by central lines — catheters typically used in intensive care units to deliver antibiotics and fluids into the bloodstream — declined 24.4 percent from 2009 to 1,606 cases last year. Catheter-associated urinary tract infections declined to 3,245 cases, a decrease of 13.2 percent from two years ago. The overall rate of hospital-acquired infections dropped by 3.4 percent last year against 2009 rates. Click here to read the Pittsburgh Tribune Review article.

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