Doctor authors patient safety checklist. Patient safety activist Kathy Day responds in the comment section.
Doctor authors patient safety checklist.
Her father’s ordeal after a minor injury convinced her that "consumers and patients cannot completely rely on our hospitals to protect us and our safety."
Patient safety activist Kathy Day, RN: "L.D. 267 would strengthen the current MRSA mandates, extend it to nursing homes, and require public reporting of all hospital acquired MRSA, regular staph infections, C Difficile and VRE (all are dangerous hospital infections)."
"Nurses from EMMC have had to strike over patient safety and safe staffing — so why haven’t EMMC and the EMHS board of directors listened?"
New legislation is pending in Augusta to strengthen recent MRSA tracking, prevention and reporting, not only in Maine hospitals but in nursing homes as well.
Article by Marshall Allen after attending Consumers Union's Safe Patient Project 2010 summit.
Adequate nurse staffing can help patient safety.
Physicians have better sources than salesmen and advertisements to guide prescribing choices.
Maine health care advocates held a press conference to make sure health reform is implemented properly, including improving the quality and safety of health care.
This survey was created for patients who have experienced medical harm, their loved ones and their advocates. This survey was created by the Empowered Patient Coalition and we have jointly published this survey on our websites. This survey is designed to answer questions that are important to patients. This is a way for patients to report their experience as they have lived it, and to know that their report will be counted.The Empowered Patient Coalition will be entering the events annonymously on a map so you can see your error and others in your state by clciking on the map.
A new law goes into effect this week requiring that all Maine hospitals screen high-risk patients for a drug-resistant bacterial infection called MRSA-Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. The law requires hospitals to screen for MRSA but does not dictate further action, such as isolation, precaution, and treatment if a patient is diagnosed.
This report contains Maine hospital specific rates on Central line associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) rates for
intensive care unit (ICU) patients and neonatal (ICU) patients.) It also has process measures on CLABSI and venilator associated pneumonia "prevention bundles."
The spread of MRSA, a potentially lethal infection that modern medicine can't seem to beat. But are Maine's hospitals doing all they can to fight the problem?
Money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will pay $1 million for infection control in ambulatory surgical centers in Maine, New Jersey, Maryland, Florida, North Carolina, Indiana, Michigan, Arkansas, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming and Kansas.
Most Maine hospitals are taking part in a standardized hand-washing and infection reporting system that soon will begin. The idea is to enable the hospitals to compare their records with one another and share knowledge of what works best.
Users of WhyNotTheBest.org can now search for and compare data for nearly 1,000 hospitals on the incidence of central line–associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs)—one of the most lethal hospital-acquired complications. The data show wide variation in CLABSI incidence, in spite of strong evidence on how to prevent them. The updated data is made possible through a partnership among The Commonwealth Fund, The Leapfrog Group, and Consumers Union.
This tip sheet explains steps you can take in your doctor's office to deal with your concerns about quality. It tells you how to contact places that regulate or oversee doctors.
Advice and resources for dealing with quality concerns
Advice and resources for dealing with quality concerns
Plans about what the states are supposed to be doing to eliminate hospital acquired infections.
Link to map that highlights antimicrobial resistance issues at the state level.
I am a retired RN with a new passion to help vulnerable patients. My father died of Hospital Acquired MRSA Pneumonia last year. He was infected by his trusted community hospital while he was rehabilitating from a minor ankle fracture. He was the third patient to contract nosocomial MRSA that month in that hospital, and all 3 of them died. They didn’t declare an outbreak and didn’t change their approach to MRSA prevention because of those infections and deaths. And surprisingly, they were not obligated to report the infections to the State CDC. I took my family and my Father’s story to the Maine Legislature to fight for MRSA prevention in Maine Hospitals. My proposal was supported by legislators, MSNA, AARP, SEIU, MPA and many others. We passed a law in Maine to do MRSA screening of all high risk patients who are being admitted to Maine Hospitals. Currently Maine Hospitals, under the guidance of the Maine Quality Forum MDRO metrics committee, are conducting a prevalence study of MRSA in high risk patients.
Kathy Day, RN
On 6-27-07 i was in a horrific motorcycle accident that gave me a severe head injury and i had to go to so many different doctors for all my injuries i had conceived-broken both arms,legs,ankles,wrist,and brain injury,skull fractures and such- and in the process all the different doctors had not been given my history or did not read it and I had to tell them what had happened to me,well my wife had to, and half of all the visits was telling them of the accident,injuries,and all the operations that I have been through,and this wasted so much time,and we had to relive it all over again and every-time! it was sickening, and they didn't know what the other doctors had done,meds,therapies and...well lets make every doctor,hospital,and therapist get and read all the history of the injury or what started the problem at hand! make these times less stressful and heart breaking! thanx.