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Hospital Acquired Infections

Hospital Acquired Infections

Hospital acquired infections are a leading cause of death in the U.S. Consumers Union supports public disclosure of infection rates so that you can choose the safest hospital and hospitals will have an incentive to improve.

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  • The Politics of Patient Harm: Medical Error and the Safest Congressional Districts

    The Politics of Patient Harm: Medical Error and the Safest Congressional Districts poses the question of Congressional district safety not in regard to a representative’s political health in an election year, but in relation to the risk to physical health of constituents.

  • Dr. Kevin Kavanagh on how Ebola reveals scary gaps in U.S. health care
    Source: Lexington Herald-Leader (Sunday October 12, 2014)

    Dr. Kevin Kavanagh shares what he thinks are the most important health care lessons from the Ebola incident.

  • Presentation by Health Watch USA: The Case for MRSA Surveillance and Concerns Regarding Chlorhexidine
    Source: Health Watch USA video on YouTube (Thursday October 9, 2014)

    The following YouTube video served as a basis for the 2014 Health Watch USA presentation at the Stakeholders forum on Antimicrobial Resistance in Philadelphia, PA. The video is a quick review regarding MRSA Surveillance, Antibiotic Resistance and our concerns with Chlorhexidine.
    The YouTube URL is: http://youtu.be/MC7ztSASvuc
    A PDF of the slides can be downloaded from: http://www.healthwatchusa.org/HWUSA-Presentations-Community/20141009-Kavanagh-SFAR/sfar-2014-Version-2.pdf

  • Launch of Engaged Patients Website
    Source: EngagedPatients.org (Wednesday October 1, 2014)

    The Empowered Patient Coalition 501(c)(3) announces a new project at EngagedPatients.org focusing on creating a grassroots social movement to inform and engage the public to participate in their health care experiences.

  • State, Feds Target El Paso Hospital Over TB Exposure
    Source: Texas Tribune (Monday September 22, 2014)

    At an El Paso hospital, more than 700 infants may have been exposed to tuberculosis, alerting state and health officials.

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