Not all medical centers are equal when it comes to reports of catheter associated infections, and it appears that our veterans are suffering more...

"A new website unveiled this week by the Department of Veterans Affairs reveals that the Chicago area's two VA hospitals performed worse than their private-sector peers on two different measures of safety.

Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital, located 12 miles west of downtown, posted rates of catheter-associated urinary tract infections—a common hospital-acquired infection—more than twice the national average, and worse than all but one of 12 nearby non-veterans hospitals in the western suburbs.

Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, on the near Southwest Side, posted catheter-associated UTI rates nearly twice the national average and worse than all but six of 26 non-VA hospitals in Chicago. Neither hospital reported rates of clostridium difficile (better known as C diff) or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), two serious hospital-acquired infections reported by their private peers. The website compared hospitals to their private peers on four different infection rates; VA hospitals were compared to each other when it came to patient satisfaction and appointment availability".

Read more at: