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Hospital Sees Inpatient Infection Rates Fall

Hospitals are places for the sick, but also places where people can get sick. However, for the second straight year, hospital-acquired infections are down at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. Vice President of Marketing Debbie Plass says the hospital has reduced hypoglycemia in its inpatients by 68 percent, and the rate of ventilator-associated pneumonia is down 49 percent…

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Plass says one example is with ventilators…

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And Plass says people aren’t on ventilators as often as they used to be. Dignity Health, the parent provider for the hospital, is narrowing in on its goal of reducing theĀ  rate of hospital-acquired infections by 40 percent, and re-admissions by 20 percent before 2015.

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