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Feb 24, 2014 6:16 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Computerized checklist could cut rate of hospital-acquired infections

A computerized checklist that uses data from patient medical records could cut the rate of hospital-acquired infections.

Researchers at Stanford University Medical Center tested a program that would alert nurses when their patient's central line was due for care. A central line is a catheter inserted into a major vein, and it frequently causes infections.

The study found infection rates dropped significantly when the program was used, as did the medical costs to treat central line infections.

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