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  • Hospital-acquired germs cause thousands of re-admissions
    Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (Friday February 25, 2011)

    Hospital-acquired germs may have contributed to several thousand rehospitalizations in Pennsylvania, according to a health care review agency.

  • Hospital infections still a problem in Pennsylvania
    Source: The Times-Tribune (Friday February 25, 2011)

    Health care-associated infections across the state dropped 12.5 percent from 2008 to 2009.

  • Hospital infection tied to readmission
    Source: phillyBurbs.com (Friday February 25, 2011)

    Pennsylvanians who developed an infection during a hospital stay were nearly five times more likely to be readmitted than healthy patients, and the highest readmission rates were among older patients and ones who had surgery, a new report released today says.

  • Infections increase chance of hospital re-admission, PHC4 report says
    Source: Philadelphia Business Journal (Friday February 25, 2011)

    Three out of every 10 Pennsylvania patients who acquired a health-care associated infection (HAI) in 2009 were readmitted to the hospital within 30 days for an infection or complication, according to a new report released today by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council.

  • Infections: A threat to hospitals and patients
    Source: The Morning Call (Friday February 25, 2011)

    Reducing the number of health care-associated infections is not only in patients’ best interest, hospitals’ economic health might also depend on it.

  • Pennsylvania shows hospital infections can follow you home
    Source: PennLive.com (Friday February 25, 2011)

    If you’re unlucky enough to catch an infection at the hospital, there’s a good chance the bad luck will follow you home. A new report from a state agency found that 30 percent of people who get an infection during a hospital stay are readmitted within 30 days because of infection or complication.

  • Group says health care attire should stay in hospitals
    Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (Monday February 21, 2011)

    Many health care workers are not required to remove their scrubs before leaving work. That attire can carry harmful bacteria such as C.diff, a common bacteria that can cause violent diarrhea.

  • Editorial: Danger: Hospital care ahead
    Source: Philadelphia Daily News (Wednesday December 1, 2010)

    A study shows that many institutions lack a ‘culture of safety’

  • Meet the new super bug: C. diff
    Source: The Intelligencer (Monday March 29, 2010)

    “A new Duke University study shows rates of infection from the bacterium C. diff (Clostridium difficile) are overtaking those associated with MRSA infections in community hospitals. ” C-diff is an antibiotic reisistant intestinal bacteria that can become more virulant if a patient is taking anitbiotics to treat other types infections.

  • Navy opens review of care Murtha received in surgery
    Source: CNN (Wednesday February 17, 2010)

    The National Naval Medical Center has opened a review of the surgical care provided to the late Congressman John Murtha after the Pennsylvania Democrat died following surgery, a senior U.S. military official told CNN Wednesday.

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