Safe Patient Project is available for interviews on the subject also collect stories from patients who have experiences with C. difficile infections.
Last week, various news outlets reported on a superbug outbreak at UCLA hospital linked to two patient deaths and nearly 180 possibly infected.
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.
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.
“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.”
At senate hearing testimony from Lisa McGiffert (Consumers Union) and others about the need for better reporting of medical errors and infections.
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.
“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.”
“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.”
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.”