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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Ellis Hospital A Good Place To Get Sick.

Ellis Hospital in Schenectady is not a good place to get well, as the advertisements claim, at least if you are going there for surgery. Ellis ranked high for cardiac surgery, but did poorly when it came to overall surgical infection prevention. The hospital only followed recommended procedures 58% of the time, according to the New York State Hospital Profile, which was just launched on the New York State Department of Health's Web Site.

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Note: The information below comes from the Health Department's Site.

Overall Surgical Infection Prevention (composite score)

What these numbers mean: Hospitals can reduce the risk of wound infection after surgery by making sure patients get the right medicines at the right time on the day of their surgery. These measures show how often the hospital gave these medicines to its surgery patients within defined time periods.

Source: NYSDOH. This measure is a weighted average of all voluntary surgical infection prevention measure data.

Date: These data cover the period from July 1, 2004 to March 31, 2005.

Ellis Hospital 58%

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