Compare infection rates at hospitals statewide

January 19, 2010

By Staff

State residents can now compare and research infection rates at hospitals across Washington with a new tool from the state Department of Health.

Compare the rates at the department Web site.

“Patient safety is our priority and effective infection control is a key,” Secretary of Health Mary Selecky said in a news release. “People now have easy access to information about infection rates in hospitals across the state that they didn’t have before. Our Web site allows everyone to take better control of their health and feel confident about health care choices they make for their families.”

Infections developed by a patient during or soon after he or she receives care in a hospital are known as healthcare-associated infections.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said these types of infections are one of the top 10 leading causes of death nationwide — and many of them are preventable. The site gives consumers a chance to use infection rates to help make health care decisions.

Health care professionals and members of the public also helped the state develop the feature. The site also has information about infection risks and prevention.

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