Harlem Hospital Infection Rate is Worst in New York, Study Says

4 February 2010 (Last Updated February 4th, 2010 18:30)

Intensive care unit (ICU) patients at Harlem's community hospital in New York, US were four times more likely to get a deadly infection than the average ICU patient, a new study has found. In Harlem's North General Hospital, central line infection rate was 394% worse than the national a

Intensive care unit (ICU) patients at Harlem's community hospital in New York, US were four times more likely to get a deadly infection than the average ICU patient, a new study has found.

In Harlem's North General Hospital, central line infection rate was 394% worse than the national average and the worst in the city, the Consumer Reports Hospital Ratings study said.

The four worst after North General were North Central Bronx Hospital, Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn, Queens Hospital Center and Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, reported nydailynews.com.

The city's best hospital was Richmond University Hospital on Staten Island, with a rate that was 82% better than average for its ICUs.

Other New York facilities that performed better than the national average are Coney Island Hospital, Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, the study said.