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  • Hospitals, get with the program

    Hospital-acquired infections rarely make national headlines, but today, “Deadly infections” hits magazine racks across America in the March 2010 issue of Consumer Reports, published by Consumers Union.

  • VA officials get probed for using non-sterile instruments on patients

    U.S. lawmakers held a hearing a few weeks ago to figure out why VA officials still weren’t following proper procedures for cleaning endoscopes that put more than 11,000 veteran patients at risk.

  • Former skeptic believes in preventing hospital infections

    A few years ago, Dr. Manoj Jain was skeptical of hospital infection reduction—thinking hospital infections were the norm for ICU patients

News Articles

  • Med Spa Dangers
    Source: The Doctors (Wednesday December 5, 2012)

    The Doctors’ Investigative Reporter, Melanie Woodrow, examines the alarming cases of two Tennessee women who were left severely burned after undergoing a common laser treatment at two different med spas.

  • 2 die in meningitis outbreak; Saint Thomas neurosurgery clinic shuts down
    Source: The Tennessean (Monday October 1, 2012)

    The Tennessee Department of Health is joining forces with the Center for Disease Control to investigate an unusual outbreak of meningitis that has hit 11 Tennesseans so far, killing two of them.

  • Consumers Union Urges Congress to Adopt Stronger Medical Device Patient Safety
    Source: Clarksville Online (Wednesday June 13, 2012)

    Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, urged House and Senate leaders today to adopt a number of provisions from the Senate’s FDA User Fee Act that would better protect patients from potentially dangerous medical devices than the version passed by the House.

  • Virginia, Tennessee hospitals save $1.2M via infection reductions
    Source: Healthcare Finance News (Friday June 24, 2011)

    After implementing a hand washing “action plan,” four hospitals in southwestern Virginia and eastern Tennessee reduced healthcare-acquired infection rates.

  • Tennessee doc accused of hooking pregnant woman on drugs stays in business
    Source: Reporting on Health (Friday November 26, 2010)

    Bill Heisel digs through the Tennessee Medical Board’s website and finds some troubling information about doctor discipline.

  • Infection Offensive
    Source: Memphis Daily News (Monday August 23, 2010)

    Public reporting of hospital infections in Tennessee has allowed hospitals and consumers to measure hospitals’ progress over time at preventing infection. Some hospitals are stepping up their efforts to reduce central line-associated bloodstream infections.

  • Why Patients May Not Get Whole Truth About Doctors
    Source: (Sunday July 5, 26)

    This is why there has to be reform of State Medical Boards – Doctor gets “slight slap on the wrist” for leaving operating room during surgery.

  • Webinar on MRSA tracking and reporting in the states

    Hosted by the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) sponsored this webinar where speakers presented on Tennessee’s infection reporting system and using the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN)

  • Memphis Hospital Shares Lifesaving Protocol with Medical Facilities Across the Country
    Source: HealthNewsDigest (Monday September 28, 2009)

    Electronic Medical software has helped detect Sepsis in a patient saving time and lives due to early detection.

  • Infection concerns spur more checks of medical equipment
    Source: The Greenville News (Wednesday June 24, 2009)

    Spot inspections at three Veterans Administration hospitals last month revealed that instruments used in colonoscopies and endoscopies were not properly disinfected, potentially exposing veterans to HIV and hepatitis.

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