Ohio Hospitals Study Infections From Catheter

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio's hospitals are using $190,000 in federal money to fight a type of blood infection that kills thousands of patients and costs millions each year.

There can be complications when a device called a central catheter is inserted into a blood vessel to draw blood or deliver medications quickly.

The Ohio Hospital Association says the funding will allow the state's hospitals to brainstorm on the best ways to reduce central-catheter infections.

Any new practices resulting from the study could become be part of a hospital's version of a pilot's preflight checklist.

Addressing the Hospital Association's annual meeting, democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio said Monday that if pilots had the same rate of errors that hospitals do, no one would fly.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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