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Healthcare-associated infections still a concern

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- When you check into a hospital for a basic check-up or something more serious, you assume that you are walking into a safe environment. That is not always the case as healthcare-associated infections are something everyone should be concerned about when you enter a hospital.

You normally go to a hospital to get healthy, but there are diseases that you can acquire while you are at the hospital that can lead you to get even sicker. About 5 to 10 percent of patients develop a hospital-related infection. The most common include urinary tract infections, pneumonia and surgical wound infections. There are even instances that a staph infection can be contracted if the proper safety procedures are not taken care of.

Once the infection is determined, a proper medical treatment can be assigned and the risk to the patient is significantly lessened, but infection is something to keep in mind as you go to the hospital.

On that same topic, 92 hospitals nationwide were recognized by the Leapfrog Group as a "Top Hospital" when it comes to patient safety and health. Both Saint Marys Hospital and Rochester Methodist Hospital were given an "A" rating. The same survey gave Olmsted Medical Center an average rating.

So good news for the Med City, but information to keep in mind for the next time you go to the hospital.

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