Health Watch -- Infections: Hospital Infections

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This week on Health Watch, we're talking about infections. You generally think of being healed when you visit a hospital, but there are numerous cases of patients getting an infection while they're hospitalized. That's why doctors at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas are calling for more public disclosure of hospital infection rates.

Dr. Jane Siegel, a UT Southwestern pediatrician, says infection report cards for hospitals would not only give patients more information to help them choose a hospital, but would also help hospitals take action to reduce their infection rates. Rating hospitals would be a complex process because it depends on the kind of cases treated, as well as other factors. An infection report card doesn't necessarily reflect the quality of care given in that hospital.


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March 2006

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