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Texas follows national trend and makes hospital infection rates public

In follow-up to the news item dated 3/21 that Texas lawmakers were pushing infection reporting legislation, Dallas Morning News reports that Texas state legislature has passed this new measure which will make hospital infection rates public.

Hospitals have access to national data on infections for benchmarks, but the new reporting would be the first time area hospitals could compare numbers. It also would give prospective patients the opportunity to shop around and research hospitals.

The measure requires hospitals to report on rates of several specific infections, including bloodstream infections and surgical site infections from colon, hip and knee surgeries.

Read full news item: Information is new tool in fight against hospital infections, Dallas Morning News (5/3)

Related blog: Texas Lawmakers Push Infection Reporting Legislation