Portland hospitals face big fines

Portland hospitals face big fines

A number of hospitals in the Portland area will be penalized by a federal program which fines hospitals with high rates of infection and other hospital-acquired conditions.

A study of preliminary federal data by nonprofit, Washington, D.C.-based Kaiser Health News reveals that Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center in Northwest Portland ranks lowest among Portland-area hospitals for hospital-acquired conditions. Out of 3,226 hospitals analyzed by federal officials, Good Samaritan ranked 212th from the bottom, according to data released by Kaiser Health News.

The three basic measures in the scoring were:

• Frequency of bloodstream infections in patients in whom catheters have been inserted into major arteries.

• Rates of infection from catheters inserted into bladders to drain urine.

• Various safety problems including bedsores, falls and accidental lung punctures.

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