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NH hospitals to disclose infection rates

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Beginning Jan. 1, New Hampshire hospitals are now required to report quarterly to the N.H. Department of Health and Human Services on two types of infections – bloodstream infections related to central lines, and surgical-site infections for procedures including coronary artery bypass grafts, colon surgeries and knee replacements.

The first quarterly reports are due in March and will be submitted to a Web site run by the Healthcare Quality Promotion Division of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The information will be available to the public in May.

The New Hampshire Sentinel Source reports a group of state lawmakers are urging that information on 27 kinds of medical errors — also called “never events” or “adverse events” — will also become available to the public.

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