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Keeping it clean

Hospital infection rate study positive

Health chief cites effects of monitoring

Ellis Hospital, pictured in 2011, was 50 area health care providers who participated in a study of re-admission rates.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Ellis Hospital, pictured in 2011, was 50 area health care providers who participated in a study of re-admission rates.
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The number of infections acquired by patients while inside New York hospitals has declined since 2007, according to a recent state Department of Health report. But infections from the nasty, life-threatening bacteria of the colon known as Clostridium difficile have risen 3 percent from 2010 to 2011 — in part because of more sensitive laboratory tests. The state has monitored hospital-acquired infections since 2007, finding it helps to significantly reduce infections and identify trends. “The ...

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hodgkins.t
December 1, 2012
4:31 p.m.

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How many deaths are associated with hospital infections? Are hospitals rated for infection recoveries as well? My great aunt went in for a hip surgery and never came out as a result of a hospital acquired infection.

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