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Univera Reports on Prevalence of Hospital Infections

By Mark Scott

Buffalo, NY – Univera Healthcare released a report Tuesday on the prevalence of hospital-acquired infections in New York. The report comes amid increased publicity surrounding the resistant strain of staph known as MRSA.

The Univera report finds that five of every 100 patients admitted will develop an infection. In 2004, the latest year for which data are available, that translated into 19,500 upstate New Yorkers getting an infection while hospitalized.

Univera compiled the data from the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization and other health organizations.

We reached Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Univera, Dr. Robert Holzhauer, at his office in Amherst yesterday to learn more about the report. Click the "listen" icon above to hear Mark Scott's interview now or use your podcasting software to download it to your computer or iPod.