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CMS Reveals Central Line Infection Rates, Finally

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, February 9, 2012

Facilities are identified by provider number, and not by name. But provider numbers may be cross referenced with hospital names and SIR scores here


CLABSI scores


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Of the 3,378 hospitals with enough data to be eligible for a ranking, the highest SIR scores, indicating the highest rates of CLASBI,  were found here:

  • 4.57—Olympia Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA;
  • 3.60—River Region Health System, Vicksburg, MS;
  • 3.48—St. Petersburg General Hospital, St. Petersburg, FL;
  • 3.21Gaston Memorial Hospital, Gastonia, NC

Another 33 hospitals have rates above 2.

Perhaps because of dramatic implementation of Pronovost's checklist, these numbers are a dramatic reduction from two years ago when the CDC estimated 248,000 CLABSIs a year with between 31,000 to 60,000 deaths and a cost of $2.7 billion.

When I reached him at home earlier this week, Pronovost didn't hide his joy. By allowing the public to view the worst and best and everyone in between, hospitals would be all the more stimulated to improve, raising the bar even higher, he told me.

"We're delighted," he said.

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