National

Apr 13, 2010 11:49 AM by Associated Press

Rates rise for some common hospital infections

Federal officials say the nation's hospitals are failing to stamp out common infections that can turn life-threatening for patients.

The Health and Human Services department's 2009 quality report, released Tuesday, finds "very little progress" on eliminating health care infections. For example, rates of bloodstream infections following surgery increased by 8 percent. Infections from urinary catheters rose by 3.6 percent.

Soon, such medical missteps will have financial consequences. The new health care overhaul law will impose penalties on hospitals for preventable readmissions and certain infections that can usually be staved off with good nursing care.

»Comments

»Topics in this article

More News

Weather - Forecast
Story Photo

9 hours ago

Water Spigot Closing

The water spigot that has been turned on for parts of southern Colorado over the weekend will begin to shut for the...

Most Popular

Top Videos

1 2 3 4