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Consumers Union Statement on CDC C. difficile Study

Consumers Union Statement on CDC C. difficile Study For Release:  Wednesday, February 25, 2015 5pm Contact: Lisa McGiffert, lmcgiffert@consumer.org or 512-477-4431, ext 7509 or Suzanne Henry, shenry@consumer.org or 512-477-4431 ext 7511   CDC Study highlights the dangers of C. difficile infections A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides important information about C. difficile, the Continue Reading

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CDC Study highlights the dangers of C. difficile infections

Safe Patient Project is available for interviews on the subject also collect stories from patients who have experiences with C. difficile infections.

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3 Hospital Superbugs You Should Know By Name

Last week, various news outlets reported on a superbug outbreak at UCLA hospital linked to two patient deaths and nearly 180 possibly infected.

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CRE superbug: Medical experts evaluate the response to and implications of outbreak

An outbreak of an antibiotic resistant bacteria (CRE) occurred at UCLA’s Ronald Reagan Medical Center infecting almost 180 patients. The culprit was a medical device, an duodenoscope which is like an endoscope and inserted in the throat.

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Consumers Union News Release on CDC National Report on 2013 Hospital-Acquired Infections

Atlanta, GA – A national report issued today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows a continued decline in most of the types of hospital-acquired infections that are publicly reported. However, the 2013 data reveals that there is still much work to be done to reach the long-term goal of eliminating hospital-acquired infections, as set out by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). And, nationally, hospitals have failed to meet the 5-year goals set by HHS.

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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.”

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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.”

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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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