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Health-care-associated infections high at three local hospitals

Special to SEGAZINE

When you walk into a hospital, you don’t expect to leave with an infection you did not have going in. But there are three hospitals in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia that rank worse than the national benchmark when it comes to hospital-associated infections.

According to the Official U.S. Government Site for Medicare those hospitals are UF Health Jacksonville, Memorial Hospital Jacksonville and Southeast Georgia Health System-Brunswick Campus.

The site rates them based on six infections.

UF Health Jacksonville rates worse than the national benchmark on surgical site infections from abdominal hysterectomy, a bloodstream infection known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, and an intestinal infection called Clostridium difficile.

Memorial Hospital Jacksonville ranks worse than the national benchmark on catheter associated urinary tract infection.

Southeast Georgia Health System’s Brunswick Campus ranks worse than the national benchmark on central line-associated bloodstream infection.

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer’s office released a report Friday detailing medical errors. It claims 210,000 to 440,000 people die each year because of preventable mistakes in hospitals like infections, bedsores and falls. According to the report, medical errors cost $19.5 billion annually.

The president of the Duval Medical Society, Dr. Mobeen Rathore, who also works at UF Health Jacksonville, said it’s an issue that is taken seriously.

“I think it is already safe, I think already the quality is high, but there is always room for improvement,” said Rathore.

According to Rathore, it’s a matter of maintaining proper hygiene.

ActionNewsJax.com.

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