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Last Year Saw Fewer Hospital Infections

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The state saw fewer healthcare-associated infections last year.

According to a report released by the Department of Health and Human Services, New Hampshire’s 33 hospitals reported a total of 183 in 2013. That’s down from 198 in 2012.

Beth Daly, the chief of infectious disease surveillance at DHHS, says the numbers are largely positive.

“Forgunately, in this year’s report, we see that most hospitals have a similar number of infections as predicted based on national data or fewer infections than expected.”

Daly says Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lakes Region General and Portsmouth Regional Hospital had fewer than predicted infection cases. Infections from IV tubes and surgery were down by more than 60% and 30% respectively. Catheter infections were up by 4%.

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