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Atlanta hospitals rate high for patient infections

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Five major Atlanta hospitals could have the highest ratings when it comes to the number of patients who get infections. 

“Often times if they have high rates, there may be several processes that may not be the best practices,” said Dr. Cliff McDonald of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Consumer Reports analyzed how a number of hospitals handled five infections. Emory University Midtown scored a two, with one being the worst, in avoiding infections like MRSA or Clostridium Difficile.

Piedmont Hospital in Buckhead had the same score, but also had the lowest rating for avoiding catheter urinary tract infections. So did Atlanta Medical Center.

Emory University Hospital and Grady Hospital scored a two for that same infection. They also had the second lowest rating for avoiding three out of the five infections.

Dr. Doug Patten with the Georgia Hospital Association said he takes this problem very seriously. He also said it’s important for patients to watch their doctors and ask them questions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention agrees.

Here’s a look at each hospital’s response to the report:

Piedmont Hospital

“Piedmont’s commitment to quality and safety is at the center of the work our five hospitals and dozens of physician practices do across metro Atlanta every day. We respect the effort that Consumer Reports is making, but it’s hard to rate hospitals fairly when you’re using a small set of older data. Our current data shows the exceptional results our caregivers have been producing over the past 12 months, and we encourage consumers to see this data for themselves at “

Emory University Hospital

“Emory Healthcare is dedicated to providing the highest quality health care and supports public reporting of quality data. Emory is committed to continuous improvement in quality and safety, and those improvements are reflected in our own data, which are more current than that used by Consumer Reports…. “Emory Hospitals care for some of the sickest patients and perform the most complex procedures, and Emory Healthcare continues to focus on delivering safe and effective health care at all its hospitals and clinics.”

Grady Memorial Hospital

“Patient safety and quality care are the driving forces behind everything we do at Grady. Our examination of the latest Consumer Reports hospital ratings for infection control show that data used to determine our rating goes back as far as 2009 and that the rating does not in any way reflect the improvements Grady has achieved in its never-ending quest to provide the highest level of care.  By contrast, the latest CMS Hospital Compare ratings show that Grady is at or better than the national benchmark when it comes to healthcare-associated infections.”

Atlanta Medical Center

“At Atlanta Medical Center, providing safe, high-quality care is our top priority. We measure our performance using internal and publicly available data and take actions to reduce preventable infections.

We have implemented a number of actions to reduce hospital-acquired infections, including enhancing infection prevention education for staff and physicians and reviewing the use of catheters in patients on a daily basis.

We support efforts to provide patients with information to assist them in making healthcare decisions.

The recently released Consumer Reports ratings are one of many resources for patients, but it is important to understand that no individual single metric provides a complete picture of the care provided at a hospital.

We encourage patients to discuss all healthcare options with his or her physician."

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