Helen Haskell, founder of Mothers Against Medical Error (MAME), was another key advocate for the Stop Hospital Infection Campaign in South Carolina where she worked with a coalition of other activists (individuals with hospital infection experiences) and organizations (John Ruoff, SC Fair Share; Theresa Arnold, SC AARP; and other) to get the hospital infection public disclosure bill passed into law.
State Disclosure Reports
Consumers Union Documents
- State Hospital Infection Public Reporting Laws
Summary of state laws hospital infection reporting laws.
- Consumer voices to be heard at national hospital infection meeting
Meet the eleven consumer advocates who will be attending a U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)hospital infection meeting this week.
- Patient Safety Activists Represent Consumers at Presidential Health Care Forum
Four patient safety activists – all who have been personally affected by medical harm – were among the 164 participants in ABC’s televised health care forum held with President Obama. Understandably, they came armed with questions but didn’t get to ask them. So we wanted to give them a chance to get their questions in front of the public and lawmakers here on this blog.
- Mother against medical error
Helen Haskell, founder of Mothers Against Medical Error (MAME), became a patient safety advocate after her 15 year old son died from a medical error in 2000. Watch her story.
- SC activist Dianne Parker fights for safer care
Dianne Parker became a lead patient safety activist after her husband, Willie, died from a combination of medical errors and a hospital-acquired MRSA infection. Watch her story…
- MRSA takes its toll on father and son
Following a bike accident, Jimmy Jr. needed knee surgery hoping to be strong enough to play high school football. Instead he acquired MRSA…
- Drug companies hiring lobbyists with Democratic ties
Over 60% of campaign contributions from the drug industry went to Republicans last year.
- 21 dialysis clinics in S.C., including 1 in Moncks Corner, listed as having alarmingly high death rates Source: The Post and Courier (Saturday May 7, 2011)
South Carolina dialysis patient, Tony Simmons, speaks out against the poor conditions he’s observed and errors he’s experienced, at a SC dialysis clinic. 19 percent of SC clinics had a “worse than expected” mortality rate, appearing more frequently than in neighboring states.
- South Carolina Hospitals Roll Out Checklists to Reduce Medical Errors Source: Becker's ASC Review (Thursday April 7, 2011)
South Carolina hospitals are scheduled to start rolling out operating room surgical safety checklists, aimed at reducing the number of surgical errors that occur every year, according to a Greenville Online news report.
- Hospitals, senior citizens to see health care changes in new year Source: The Greenville News (Monday January 3, 2011)
The new health care reform law supports hospital infection reporting efforts in South Carolina.
- South Carolina hospice doc never met a patient who wasn't terminal, yet profitable Source: Reporting on Health (Friday November 19, 2010)
South Carolina hospice doc never met a patient who wasn’t terminal, yet profitable
- Propriety of doctors' paid talks questioned Source: The Slate (Tuesday November 16, 2010)
The pharmaceutical industry funneled nearly $3 million to South Carolina doctors in 18 months, based on data compiled by ProPublica.
- SC coroners investigate deaths from medical errors Source: TheSunNews.com (Saturday October 2, 2010)
A new SC law requires county coroners or medical examiners to be notified if a patient dies within 24 hours after being admitted to a hospital and within 24 hours following an invasive surgical procedure.
- 'Super bug' that's resistant to antibiotics threatens hospital patients Source: Washington Post (Tuesday August 24, 2010)
“A recent study found 25 percent more C. diff than MRSA in 28 community hospitals in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.”
- Beaufort Memorial Hospital infection rates decline in 2009 Source: The Beaufort Gazette (Saturday May 8, 2010)
“While Hilton Head staff worked to control infection rates in 2009, Beaufort Memorial Hospital saw its rates decrease or remain at zero in five of six reported procedures.” Read more here.
- Video: The Faces of Medical Errors...From Tears to Transparency
The following films from Transparent Learning are the first in a series of educational stories that feature patient safety advocates including Helen Haskell, Rosemary Gibson and Dr. Lucian Leape.
- Opinion: Island hospital can do more on infection rates Source: The Island Packet (Wednesday February 24, 2010)
“I was stunned to read in the March issue of Consumer Reports that Hilton Head Hospital has the very worst record in South Carolina for so-called “central line” infections. “
Research and Reports
- What to Do if You Have a Concern about Quality in a South Carolina Hospital Source: Informed Patient Institute (Friday March 1, 2013)
This tip sheet explains steps you can take within the hospital to deal with your concerns about quality of care. It tells you how to contact the places that regulate or oversee hospitals.
- What To Do If You Have a Concern About Quality in a South Carolina Nursing Home Source: Informed Patient Institute (Friday March 1, 2013)
This tip sheet explains steps you can take within the nursing home to deal with your concerns about quality of care. It tells you how to contact places that regulate or oversee nursing homes.
- What to Do if You Have a Concern About the Quality of Care from a South Carolina Doctor Source: Informed Patient Institute (Friday March 1, 2013)
This tip sheet explains steps you can take in your doctor’s office to deal with your concerns about quality. It also tells you how to contact places that regulate or oversee doctors.