- MRSA: Patients revolt against hospital secrecy Source: Seattle Times (Tuesday November 18, 2008)
MRSA: Consumers have launched a battle against hospital secrecy and demanded aggressive steps to control infections like MRSA. But in Washington state, MRSA rates remain hidden and state initiatives to combat the drug-resistant germ have come up short.
- How our hospitals unleashed a MRSA epidemic Source: Seattle Times (Sunday November 16, 2008)
MRSA, a drug-resistant germ, lurks in Washington hospitals, carried by patients and staff and fueled by inconsistent infection control. This stubborn germ is spreading here at an alarming rate, but no one has tracked these cases ― until now.
- Editorial: Medicare to Slash Payments for Medical Errors Source: Washington Post (Wednesday October 1, 2008)
And in another development, federal officials late last week approved a new company to begin inspections as part of its often criticized hospital accreditation program.
- Hand Washing: Time Well Spent Source: Washington Post (Tuesday August 5, 2008)
We Need Carrots and Sticks to Reduce Infection Rates.
- FDA Panel Considers Toll-Free Number for TV Drug Ads Source: Washington Post (Saturday May 17, 2008)
Direct-to-consumer drug ads on television should include a toll-free phone number that would allow consumers to report adverse side effects, U.S. health experts suggested Friday.
- The FDA Needs Help Source: Washington Post editorial (Sunday April 27, 2008)
The heparin scare revealed problems the agency says it can fix. But it won’t tell Congress how much that will cost.
- White House Vetting Product-Safety Candidates Source: Washington Post (Saturday January 26, 2008)
The White House is considering a scientist who has frequently testified and written on behalf of the energy, pesticide and tobacco industries to chair the nation’s chief product-safety regulator.
- Three part series on Acinetobacter Baumannii, a bacteria infecting soldiers returning from Iraq.
- Drug-Resistant Staph Germ's Toll Is Higher Than Thought Source: Washington Post (Wednesday October 17, 2007)
MRSA is killing more people in the United States each year than the AIDS virus.
- Getting The Bugs Out Source: Washington Post (Tuesday September 25, 2007)
VA and MD hospitals vary on applying practices used to prevent surgical infections.