From viruses to bacteria, there are hundreds of different kinds of infections you can get at a hospital.
It is a big national problem and one that is consuming a tremendous amount of health care resources and doctors,” says Dr. Norm Lindenmuth, vice president and chief medical officer of quality at Excellus BCBS in
The most recent data from Excellus shows in 2004, more than 4000 people in the Finger Lakes region contracted an infection at area hospitals; 221 people died from those infections. Beginning this year, a new state law requires hospitals across
“It's an overwhelming job, you wouldn't think it would be that difficult, but the number of cultures going to the laboratory every day coming from different regions of the hospital, coming from different time frames it gets very, very difficult to identify and track patterns,” says Lindenmuth.
“What it has changed is the fact that there are certainly are deadlines, timing, electronic entry into systems,” says Linda Greene, RN who heads the infection control unit at Rochester General Hospital, “you not only look at the patients who get infected but you also look at denominator data on all people who had that particular procedure.”
Many area hospitals like
“We've been able to use technology to help us work smarter,” says Greene.