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High numbers of bloodstream infections logged in PA hospitals

Philadelphia Inquirer, January 13, 2010
In the second half of 2008, higher-than-expected rates of potentially deadly bloodstream infections were reported by 58 Pennsylvania hospitals, according to data released yesterday by the state Department of Health. The analysis of bloodstream and other infections acquired in hospitals is the first to be produced under a new state law aimed at reducing them. Under the new law, hospitals are required to electronically report the infections within 48 hours of recognition. Philadelphia-area hospitals with unexpectedly high numbers of bloodstream infections included the Albert Einstein Medical Center, Aria Health, and Lankenau Hospital.