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Are Urinary Tract Infections Being Measured Correctly? Maybe Not And $373 Million In Federal Fines May Be At Stake.

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Filthy surgical instruments: The hidden threat in America’s operating rooms

How dirty medical devices expose patients to infection

Categories: Hip and Knee Replacement, Hospital Infections/ Superbugs
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With Money at Risk, Hospitals Push Staff to Wash Hands

US hospitals still need to monitor health care workers hand washing compliance.

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Hospital infections still high among Medicare patients

A recent NEJM report says Medicare’s policy of not paying for the treatment of two types of hospital infections has not shown to decrease infection rates. But there may be more to the story.

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Consumers win on reporting surgical infection rates in CA

Last week, California hospitals lost their bid to avoid reporting their infection rates to the public. A California judge upheld a 2008 state law – one of the strongest in the nation – that calls on hospitals to report infections occurring from a broad array of surgeries.

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MRSA Study Indicates Good News But Far Too Many Patients Suffering

Last week’s good news of a decline in serious MRSA health care-acquired infections, is a victory for patient safety, but we still have a long way to go to eliminate this very preventable crisis.

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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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Patient safety activists hold “conversation” with CDC

On June 16, Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project and 11 patient safety advocates from 10 states attended the first “Consumer Conversation on Healthcare-Associated Infections” at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta.

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New CDC report on CLABSIs: One step forward, many more to go

This week the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a state-specific report (not hospital specific) on rates of central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) in the ICU as collected by its National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), a monitoring system that looks at hospital infections across the nation.

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Septicemia Statistics and the Need for Death Certificate Reform

Guest blog by Lori Nerbonne of NH Patient Voices–Death certificates are the primary source of important vital statistics in our country – yet too many certificates fail to tell the whole story.

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