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Hospitals Still Have a Way to Go in Reducing Infections, Study Finds

Pixland/Thinkstock(YONKERS, N.Y.) -- Little progress has been made in U.S. hospitals to reduce the number of deadly infections, according to a new study by Consumer Reports.

Dr. John Santa, director of Consumer Reports Health, says one finding that surprised him was the slow rate of improvement at teaching hospitals.

"These are hospitals that we normally expect to be on the cutting edge, to be most successful at implementing what we all know to be important things that work in health care and that does not appear to be the case," says Santa.

"Brand is not a tried and true indicator of good performance when it comes to preventing hospital infections," he adds.

Santa advises patients and their families to be aware of the care they are receiving and to let someone know if it isn't up to par.

"It's important that consumers speak up and if they have concerns about the procedures that are being followed, about physicians and nurses washing their hands, about whether they or their family member is being taken care of appropriately, they need to speak up," he says.

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