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DHSS Press Release

Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Carl Kanefsky, Communications Director
(302) 540-4979, Pager

Date: June 7, 2010


Delaware Health and Social Services' Division of Public Health issued data for hospital central line-associated blood stream infections for Delaware for the first quarter of 2010. An estimated 248,000 bloodstream infections occur in U.S. hospitals each year. A large proportion of these infections are attributed to a central line, which is a tube in the chest that returns blood to the heart. Bloodstream infections are usually serious infections typically causing a prolonged hospital stay, increased cost and risk of death.

Collectively, Delaware's eight critical care hospitals reported eight infections between January and March of 2010. Only one hospital had an infection rate that was statistically higher than the national rate published by the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions' National Healthcare Safety Network.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that for the first half of 2009, the number of central line-associated blood stream infections in Delaware was significantly below the number expected based on data from 17 states.

The Delaware quarterly report can be found at

Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.