“Hospitals don’t have a legal obligation to tell patients about the presence of pathogens — even antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Recent outbreaks, linked to contaminated endoscopes at UCLA and other hospitals, are bringing this policy gap to the fore.”
The NY Physician Profile website Cuomo wants to eliminate “was visited 35,000 times in December alone — a clear case of the public making good use of its right to know.”
“For the last few years, however, New York State has provided patients with some unvarnished relief. It came in the form of a website called nydoctorprofile.com. That website has been carrying information, good and bad, about most New York doctors.”
“This exposure will require everybody to talk about something that’s been underground,” said Lisa McGiffert, director of Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project.
“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.
Interview with manager of Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project, Lisa McGiffert, on hospital Safety.
In part, the bill would require a quicker turn-around by Department of Health releasing infection data reported by hospitals.
A state legislator from Louisville and the leader of a national watchdog group (Dr. Kevin Kavanagh of Health Watch USA) are calling for a new rule that hospitals report all CRE “superbug” cases to the state — a measure they say would better control the potentially deadly bacteria.