Wis. hospitals work to reduce infection rates
A state report shows patients at Wisconsin hospitals had a lesser chance of getting two types of serious infections than those nationwide, but their chance of getting a third type of infection was greater.
The state Division of Public Health's 2012 report looked at four types of serious infections at hospitals. It said Wisconsin hospitals reduced occurrences of bloodstream infections associated with intravenous lines and urinary tract infections among those who had catheters.
It says occurrences of surgical site infections following abdominal hysterectomy procedures were above national average. And, Wisconsin hospitals were only on par with those nationwide when it came to surgical infections following colon surgeries and hip and knee replacement procedures.
Gwen Borlaug, the public health division's infection control epidemiologist, says Wisconsin is working to reduce those infections.
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