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  • Health Watch USA: Testimony on Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms and Hospital Acquired Conditions
    Source: (Wednesday November 19, 2014)

    Health Watch USA presentation before the KY House Health and Welfare Committee on dangerous multi-drug resistant bacteria (MDROs) and the need for stricter standards when treading all MDROs.

  • Dr. Kevin Kavanagh on how Ebola reveals scary gaps in U.S. health care
    Source: Lexington Herald-Leader (Sunday October 12, 2014)

    Dr. Kevin Kavanagh shares what he thinks are the most important health care lessons from the Ebola incident.

  • Presentation by Health Watch USA: The Case for MRSA Surveillance and Concerns Regarding Chlorhexidine
    Source: Health Watch USA video on YouTube (Thursday October 9, 2014)

    The following YouTube video served as a basis for the 2014 Health Watch USA presentation at the Stakeholders forum on Antimicrobial Resistance in Philadelphia, PA. The video is a quick review regarding MRSA Surveillance, Antibiotic Resistance and our concerns with Chlorhexidine.
    The YouTube URL is:
    A PDF of the slides can be downloaded from:

  • Doctors fear growing hospital superbug
    Source: Courier-Journal (Tuesday August 5, 2014)

    Health Watch USA makes the news! “CRE is very dangerous. It is almost totally resistant to antibiotics,” said Dr. Kevin Kavanagh, an infection-control activist who leads the Somerset, Ky.-based watchdog group Health Watch USA.”

  • Op-ed by Kevin Kavanagh, MD: Use hospital rankings to stay out of harm's way
    Source: Lexington Herald Leader (Sunday August 10, 2014)

    Dr. Kevin Kavanagh, board chairman of Health Watch USA and member of Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project network explains how patients and consumers can make sense of various hospital rankings. For more information on KY hospital rankings, click here:

  • How I Was Prescribed an Unnecessary Antibiotic While Traveling to a Conference on Antibiotic Resistance
    Source: JAMA (Monday August 4, 2014)

    Oh, the irony! Safe Patient Project network member, Dr. Kevin Kavanagh, shares his antibiotic experience in this JAMA Perspective.

  • Doc Confesses He Nearly Took Unnecessary Antibiotics
    Source: Live Science (Monday August 4, 2014)

    The medical profession needs to own up to the problem of antibiotic resistance, writes Dr. Kevin Kavanagh, a doctor that was prescribed unnecessary antibiotics.

  • Op-Ed by Kevin Kavanagh: VA lesson: defend and deny bad health policy
    Source: Lexington Herald Leader (Sunday June 22, 2014)

    Health Watch USA’s Kevin Kavanagh writes: “The United States needs to approach what has happened in the VA not as an indictment of any one type of system, but as a critical learning opportunity on the importance of transparency and how the culture of our health-care system desperately needs to change.”

  • Health Watch USA webcast with CDC on MERS, Mutlidrug Resistant Bacteria and Antibiotic Overutilization
    Source: Health Watch USA (Tuesday May 13, 2014)

    Listen to Health Watch USA’s Kevin Kavanagh and CDC’s Arjun Srinivasan discuss MERS, Mutlidrug Resistant Bacteria and Antibiotic Overutilization.

  • Dr. Kevin Kavanagh: Overuse of antibiotics aids attacks of deadly bacteria
    Source: Lexington Herald Leader (Friday May 9, 2014)

    Dr. Kevin Kavanagh, in an May 9 op-ed for Lexington Herald Leader writes: “It is counterintuitive and tears at a basic tenet which many of us have lived by: antibiotics, that security blanket we all have enjoyed, can actually cause infections Thus, taking an antibiotic for every sore throat and cold causes a grave risk of creating antibiotic resistant bacteria, and may even cause more harm than good in the patient taking the medication. Both patients and doctors need to conserve antibiotic usage and only use them when absolutely necessary.”

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