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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.

Click here for State Health Care Acquired Infection Reports

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  • Safe Patient Project teams up with Maine activist Kathy Day

    Safe Patient Project’s Daniela Nunez went to healthcare and patient safety-related meetings in Maine this week, joining activist Kathy Day who won a patient partnership award at the Maine Quality Counts conference. Read about important health care conversations happening in Maine.

  • Consumers Union’s “Ending Medical Harm” Conference Brings Awareness and Action

    Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project held an incredible conference on November 6, 2013 at Columbia University’s School of Journalism in NYC that gathered experts, journalists and activists to address the pressing public health threat of medical harm. Our conference, “Ending Medical Harm: Tackling the 3rd leading cause of death in the US,” had approximately 150 Continue Reading

  • Endangered Patients: WA Consumer Forum Explores Ending Medical Harm

      Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project and Washington Advocates for Patient Safety (WAPS) teamed up to host a patient safety forum at the Seattle Public Library to explore ideas for ending patient harm and what consumers can do to protect themselves from medical errors, hospital infections and failed hip and knee implants. About thirty-five people heard Continue Reading

  • Hospital Harm: New Estimate of Patient Deaths due to Hospital Care Shockingly High

    John T. James PhD, a patient safety advocate in our Safe Patient Project network, has published a new study in the Journal of Patient Safety that estimates the number of patient deaths associated with hospital care is more than 400,000 a year. James’ estimate revises an outdated Institute of Medicine 1999 estimate of 98,000 patient deaths a year from medical errors. His numbers should awaken the public to this leading cause of death in America. In this special guest blog post, John James tells us what motivated him to come up with this new medical harm estimate.

  • Health Care Worker Hand-Washing Compliance Remains Frustratingly Low

    Hand-washing by health care workers — or their failure to do so — has received repeated attention by the media. But the hand-washing compliance rate remains frustratingly low — as little as 30 percent of the time that health care workers interact with patients.

News Articles

Research and Reports

  • CDC Healthcare-associated Infections (HAI) Progress Report
    Source: CDC (Wednesday March 26, 2014)

    “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.”

  • Information about Rhode Island ICU Collaborative
    Source: Healthcentric Advisors (Tuesday January 7, 2014)

    “The collaborative aims to improve patient safety and clinical outcomes for adult intensive care unit (ICU) patients in the state, through the development of a unit-based patient safety program and the implementation of proven evidenced-based practices, leading to a reduction in ICU length of stay, complications and associated costs.” Latest outcomes available here: http://www.healthcentricadvisors.org/images/stories/documents/2012%20annual%20performance.pdf

  • Health Watch USA Newsletter (January 2014)
    Source: Health Watch USA (Tuesday January 7, 2014)

    In this issue, Dr. Kevin Kavanagh highlights news on antibiotic resistance, C.diff solutions, and unreported robotic surgery injuries.

  • Free Android Empowered Patient app on Google Play
    Source: Julia Hallisy (Wednesday December 4, 2013)

    The Empowered Patient app has created a free phone app to assist patients, family members, and caregivers from diagnosis to discharge and beyond. The app offers practical information and action steps to help patients and caregivers navigate the often challenging and confusing world of health care and to help patients stay safe during their medical treatment.

  • Free Empowered Patient app on iTunes
    Source: Julia Hallisy (Wednesday December 4, 2013)

    The Empowered Patient app has created a free phone app to assist patients, family members, and caregivers from diagnosis to discharge and beyond. The app offers practical information and action steps to help patients and caregivers navigate the often challenging and confusing world of health care and to help patients stay safe during their medical treatment.