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Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Mount Auburn to make its infection rate public
By Liz Kowalczyk, Globe Staff
Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge this week began posting the percentage of its patients who get hospital acquired infections.
The hospital is in part responding to the challenge issued by Paul Levy, chief executive of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, who began publicizing his hospital's infection rates on his blog, Running a Hospital, last year and requested other hospitals to do the same.
Jeanette Clough, Mount Auburn's chief executive, said "transparency can be a double-edged sword. But it's a good thing.''
The hospital is posting its performance on blood stream infections caused by the placement of intravenous tubing, and on ventilator associated pneumonia for both medical and surgical patients. In all four areas, the hospital does better than the national average, although Mount Auburn's performance has fluctuated over time.