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Consumers Union comments about Proposed 2020 Targets for the National Action Plan to Prevent HealthCare Associated Infections

The Safe Patient Project of Consumers Union, the policy and action division of Consumer Reports, and the patient safety advocates signing these comments submit the following comments about the proposed 2020 targets for the National Action Plan to Prevent HealthCare Associated Infections. We strongly support continuation of the Action Plan for the next five years.

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CDC: MRSA study slashes deadly infections in sickest hospital patients

Bloodstream infections cut by more than 40 percent in study of over 74,000 patients using germ-killing soap and ointment on all ICU patients. This HHS-funded study (REDUCE MRSA trial) was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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HHS Action Plan releases a section on preventing infections in nursing homes

The Department of Health and Human Services has recently released for public comment a draft action plan on preventing infections among nursing home residents.

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HHS report: Few Adverse Events in Hospitals Were Reported to State Adverse Event Reporting Systems

HHS OIG report: An estimated 60 percent of adverse and temporary harm events nationally occurred at hospitals in States with reporting systems, yet only an estimated 12 percent of events nationally met State requirements for reporting. Hospitals reported only 1 percent of patient harm events.

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HHS: Few Adverse Events in Hospitals Were Reported to State Adverse Event Reporting Systems

HHS OIG report: An estimated 60 percent of adverse and temporary harm events nationally occurred at hospitals in States with reporting systems, yet only an estimated 12 percent of events nationally met State requirements for reporting. Hospitals reported only 1 percent of patient harm events.

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HHS: Hospitals ignoring requirements to report errors

Hospitals are ignoring state regulations that require them to report cases in which medical care harmed a patient, making it almost impossible for health care providers to identify and fix preventable problems, a report to be released today by the Department of Health and Human Services inspector general shows.

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Medicare Study Shows Most Medical Errors Go Unreported

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new study released today by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) found that hospital employees are only reporting fourteen percent of all medical errors and usually don’t change their practices to prevent future harm to patients.

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Consumer voices to be heard at national hospital infection meeting

Meet the eleven consumer advocates who will be attending a U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)hospital infection meeting this week.

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Video: Advice on staying safe in the hospital–from the experts

Hear advice from consumer advocates on patient safety.

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Victory for patients! Public reporting of certain infections will go nationwide

Soon it will be easier for you to find out how well your hospital prevents certain infections. As part of the new health care reform law, the Department of Health and Human Services will require hospitals to publicly disclose several types of dangerous hospital infections.

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