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Patients remain in danger from preventable errors

“To better reduce preventable errors, the Senate should establish a National Patient Safety Board, akin to the existing National Transportation Safety Board, testified John James, Ph.D.”

Categories: Hospital Acquired Infections, Medical Errors
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Medical Errors Third Leading Cause of Death, Senators Told

At senate hearing testimony from Lisa McGiffert (Consumers Union) and others about the need for better reporting of medical errors and infections.

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Health Watch USA webcast with CDC on MERS, Mutlidrug Resistant Bacteria and Antibiotic Overutilization

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

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CDC Healthcare-associated Infections (HAI) Progress Report

“Healthcare-Associated infections are a major, yet often preventable, threat to patient safety. The [CDC’s] National and State Healthcare-Associated Infections Progress Report expands and provides an update on previous reports detailing progress toward the ultimate goal of eliminating healthcare-associated infections.”

Categories: C. diff, Hospital Acquired Infections, MRSA
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Hospital-Related Infections Hit Nearly 650,000 Patients in 2011: CDC

“About one of every 25 U.S. hospital patients contracts an infection during their stay, and doctors can’t say for certain why half those infections occur, according to a new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

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NPR: Fewer People Are Getting Infections In Hospitals, But Many Still Die

NPR covers the new CDC report on hospital infections. “Hospital-acquired infections continue to be a big problem in health care, with 4 percent of patients getting a new infection while hospitalized, a study finds. And 11 percent of those infections turn deadly.”

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One in 25 patients battling hospital-acquired infections: CDC

“On any given day, one in 25 hospitalized patients – 4 percent – is battling an infection picked up in a hospital or other healthcare facility, according to a new survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”

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CDC Director: Hospital infections down but still deadly, dangerous

CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden writes a piece for FoxNews on the dangers of hospital infections. The CDC released a progress report on hospital infections today that found some progress in reducing hospital infections but more work needs to be done. Dr. Frieden shares five patient stories on hospital infections, including stories from advocates in Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project network.

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C. diff in Our Kids: A Call to Action

Guest blog post for CDC by Christian Lillis, co-founder of the NY-based patient safety organization, Peggy Lillis Foundation. Christian is a member of CU’s Safe Patient Project activist network.

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Severe diarrheal illness in children linked to antibiotics prescribed in doctor’s offices

“The majority of pediatric Clostridium difficile infections, which are bacterial infections that cause severe diarrhea and are potentially life-threatening, occur among children in the general community who recently took antibiotics prescribed in doctor’s offices for other conditions, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published this week in Pediatrics. “

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