I was explaining to the doctor that I was having some problems breathing and catching my breath, and also I had broken out in hives. The good old doctor told me that I was going through postpartum stress. So he treated me for that, but that was not the problem.
Consumers Union Documents
- State Hospital Infection Public Reporting Laws
Summary of state laws hospital infection reporting laws.
- Seattle PI: U.S. pigs and farmers carry MRSA but federal food safety agencies are doing little to see if the pork is safe
Seattle PI reports on a new study that found pigs and workers on several Midwestern farms are colonized with MRSA.
- Ex-Des Moines doctor cited in West Virginia VA death
With a trail of errors behind him, Iowa doctor hired by a VA hospital in West Virginia.
- There is a database, but it costs to search Source: Des Moines Register (Thursday August 14, 2014)
The National Practitioner Data Bank is what state licensing boards use to research a doctor’s background but the AMA says it’s not reliable. Why is it acceptable to use this information to license a physician but not show it to the public?
- Hospital privacy curtains laden with germs Source: Reuters (Thursday September 22, 2011)
Two-thirds of hospital privacy curtains tested positive for potentially deadly bacteria (including MRSA), a University of Iowa study shows.
- Iowa Doesn't Require Reports of Medical Errors Source: KCRG-TV9 (Sunday April 9, 28)
Iowans have no way of knowing how their local hospital is doing when it comes to preventing medical errors, because the reporting is voluntary, aggregately and not hospital-specific. Iowans deserve to have hospital-specific information about medical harm so that they can make informed healthcare decisions for themselves and their loved ones.
- Iowa: Hospital Associated Infection prevention steering committee sets healthcare- associated infection reduction targets for the new year Source: Iowa Politics.com (Monday September 20, 2010)
“The HAI prevention targets include a 25 percent reduction in catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) and a 30 percent reduction in Clostridium difficile infections (CDI) related to hospitalization.”
- Hospital infection data go unreported Source: Des Moines Register (Sunday February 21, 2010)
The State of Iowa does not require public reporting of hospital infection rates, leaving patients in the dark.
- What are these? Iowa Hospital Report Cards - Infection Control Source: Iowa Public Television (Thursday March 26, 2009)
Links to hospital safety information in Iowa.
- Group Advises Stopping Flow of Gifts to Doctors Source: The New York Times (Wednesday April 29, 2009)
In a scolding report, the nation’s most influential medical advisory group said that doctors should stop taking much of the money, gifts and free drug samples that they routinely accept from drug and device companies. Supports Grassley/Kohl legislation legislation that would require drug and device makers to publicly disclose all payments made to doctors.
- Grassley Probes Financing of Advocacy Group for Mental Health Source: Bloomberg News (Monday April 6, 2009)
The Iowa Republican, in a series of hearings and investigations, has focused on financial ties between the drug industry, doctors and academic institutions.
Research and Reports
- Iowa Infection Rates
Des Moines hospital posts rates of hospital infection and patient falls, two common medical harm events.
- Iowa Hospital Performance Report
Report from a collaboration of health care providers in Iowa claims decreases in infection rates but fails to provide details by hospital. Reporting is voluntary so not all hospitals have provided information.
- Greater Iowa Area Quality Rankings (PDF)
View hospital-specific rankings for quality indicators for chronic illnesses based on the Dartmouth Atlas research.
- What patients "say" about their experiences with hospital care in the greater Iowa area (PDF)
View hospital-specific survey results on how Iowans rate their care on ten Health and Human Services quality measures.