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Illinois lags some states in combating hospital-acquired infections

Chicago Tribune, May 28, 2010

Illinois hospitals are succeeding in curbing bloodstream infections from catheters, but their efforts lag several other states, according to a new report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study documents a 10% falloff in central line-associated bloodstream infections in Illinois during the first six months of 2009, when compared with the number expected based on data from 2006 to 2008. The government study is the first to publish state-by-state data for these infections, which kill up to 31,000 people in hospitals each year.