Hospital-Acquired Infections Decline in NY

ALBANY (AP) -

The number of infections acquired by patients while in New York hospitals continues to decline, a report from the state Health Department says. Since 2007, the rate of blood stream infections has fallen 53 percent and rates of surgical site infections related to colon, cardiac bypass, hip replacement and other procedures fell by 16 percent. The decline in blood stream infections saved an estimated $18 million to $72 million in health care costs, while the decline in surgical site infections has saved between $12 million and $35 million.