Consumers Union Documents
- Health and Human Services Grants for hospital infection prevention at surgical centers
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius designates ARRA money to stand-alone or same-day surgical centers to fight hospital infections in 12 states.
- State Hospital Infection Public Reporting Laws
Summary of state laws hospital infection reporting laws.
- A Lifesaving Safety Program Your Hospital Should Follow
An innovative “checklist” to reduce central line bloodstream infections in intensive care units has had incredible success in hospitals where it’s been adopted.
- Jon Stewart: What If We Classified Hospital Infections as Terrorists?
Surgeon and author Atul Gawande, M.D., discusses the surgical checklist on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
- The “Duh” Factor — What’s So Hard About Saving Lives?
The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform found that only eight state hospital associations even gather comprehensive information about the rate of central-line-associated bloodstream infections (among the most common types of hospital-acquired infections).
- What Vytorin/Zetia Ads Don’t Tell You
Last Sunday a panel of cardiologists told more than 5,000 people that high cholesterol patients shouldn’t take Vytorin and Zetia except as a last resort. Made by Merck and Schering-Plough, these widely prescribed cholesterol-lowering drugs are taken by about four million Americans.
- MLive Media Group: Patients deserve to know rates of hospital-acquired infections Source: MLive (Monday June 23, 2014)
MLive Media Group is calling on state lawmakers to require hospitals and the Department of Community Health to prominently disclose infection rates.
- MLive hospital infection stories Source: MLive (Monday June 23, 2014)
Link to MLive coverage of hospital infections in Michigan.
- 'I could see this look of panic in her eyes': A rare 'superbug' and dead at 23 Source: MLive (Sunday June 22, 2014)
MLive reports: “Joyce Lovse’s daughter Lauren died in 2012. According to records, the illness that caused Lauren’s death was traced to an infection she acquired while in a hospital facility.”
- Invisible threats, invisible victims: What Michigan hospitals don't want you to know about infections Source: MLive (Sunday June 22, 2014)
A MLive investigation found: “Michigan is the nation’s second-most populous state that does not mandate reports on health care-associated infections. Four times lawmakers rejected reforms. Thirty-one other states demand them.” Consumers Union’s Lisa McGiffert featured in the slide show “quality should not be assumed.”
- New state rules seek to tighten doctor discipline Source: Crain's Detroit Business (Sunday April 20, 2014)
New state rules are aimed in part at preventing licensing board chairs from stopping investigations because of conflicts of interest.
- State does not require 'superbug' to be reported Source: WZZM (Thursday March 7, 2013)
WZZM discovered the state of Michigan does not have hospital reporting requirements for this potentially deadly CRE infection once it’s found in a hospital or long term care facility.
- Neurosurgeon targeted in malpractice litigation sues Ventura hospital, area doctor Source: Ventura County Star (Monday January 14, 2013)
Ventura County Star reports on a neurosurgeon who was sued for malpractice 20 times in California and had his hospital privileges suspended there. The suits claim “he performed overly aggressive back surgeries that often ended in infection and sometimes corrective surgery.” The surgeon moved to Michigan to continue practicing, denies malpractice, and says his suspension was a sham to avoid having to pay him a big bonus.
- Medical Malpractice Tort Reform Signed into Law in Michigan Source: Herald Online (Wednesday January 9, 2013)
New Michigan law is a tremendous win for Michigan’s physicians” NOT Michigan patients who may have been harmed by physician care.
- Common hospital-acquired infection rarely reported in the dataset used to implement hospital penalties Source: University of Michigan Health System (Wednesday September 5, 2012)
U-M analysis shows that Medicare policy to withhold payments for catheter-associated urinary tract infections during hospital stays rarely changed payment
- Flesh-eating infection: Husband seeks autopsy, clues after Farmington Hills woman dies Source: Detroit Free Press (Tuesday July 31, 2012)
Michigan woman dies in the hospital after developing a flesh-eating infection, husband seeks answers
Research and Reports
- MRSA Awareness Event in Michigan (August 24, 2014) Source: Joy Cluff (Tuesday August 12, 2014)
Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project will attend the 1st Annual MRSA Awareness event on Sunday, August 24 in St. Joseph, Michigan organized by MI advocate Joy Cluff. The event is a benefit for MRSA Survivors Network. Joy’s son nearly died from MRSA but he was able to fight the bug and now Joy is speaking out about hospital superbugs.
- Sustaining reductions in catheter related bloodstream infections in Michigan intensive care units: observational study
90 Michigan hospitals sustain low bloodstream infections using the checklist.
- Catheter chaos: Most hospitals are failing to follow proven strategies to prevent urinary tract infections
University of Michigan survey reveals that hospitals don’t have a consistent strategy for dealing with urinary catheters or ensuring their timely removal