3 New York hospitals report higher than average SSI rates

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Crouse, State University of New York Upstate Medical University and Community General Hospital in Syracuse, New York, reported significantly worse than average surgical infection rates for 2016, according to Syracuse.com.

Crouse reported 37 SSIs, Upstate experienced 29 and Community had 14 in 2016. For Upstate and Community hospital, 2016 marked the second year they reported higher than average infection rates.

"One surgical site infection is too many," said Seth Kronenberg MD, Crouse Hospital's CMO told Syracuse.com. He said the hospital revamped its pre- and postoperative processes, which helped lower infection rates. In 2017, Crouse Hospital reported four SSIs.

Upstate also made multiple changes that lowered SSI rates in 2017, according to a prepared hospital statement cited by Syracuse.com.

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