Infection rate penalties hit Chicago-area hospitals

December 20, 2014 3:01 AM

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Nine Chicago hospitals ranked among the nation's worst on new measures of infection rates and other patient injuries, drawing federal penalties and raising questions about the way the hospitals are assessed.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital and other prominent academic hospitals were among those with the highest rates of conditions — from bedsores and reopened wounds to catheter infections and broken hips — that are considered avoidable, according to newly released federal data. In Illinois, 27 hospitals ...

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