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Hospital Infections/ Superbugs

Hospital Infections/ Superbugs

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. We are currently working on antibiotic resistant superbugs and call for states to report cases to the CDC and hospitals report outbreaks to the public.

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Consumers Union Documents

  • The rise of superbugs
    Source: Consumer Reports (Thursday June 25, 2015)

    Dangerous infections that are resistant to antibiotics are spreading and growing stronger, with dire consequences.

  • Letter to House of Representatives regarding 21st Century Cures Legislation

    The undersigned organizations represent healthcare providers, clinical researchers, public health experts, and consumer advocates. We are concerned that the proposed legislation as written fails to ensure a comprehensive and scientifically based approach that supports patients’ access to affordable treatments.

  • Consumer Reports targets antibiotic-resistant superbugs
    Source: Consumer Reports (Tuesday June 2, 2015)

    Consumer Reports announces its commitment to help rein in antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The initiative kicks off with Consumer Reports President and CEO Marta Tellado participating in the White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship. “Antibiotic-resistant infection is the health crisis of our generation,” Tellado says.

  • How to Keep Antibiotics Working

    Information and advice from Consumer Reports.

  • Safe Patient Project activist Kathy Day featured in "Inside Consumer Reports" newsletter
    Source: Consumer Reports (Friday September 12, 2014)

    Kathy Day’s patient safety activism highlighted. Kathy lost her father to hospital-acquired MRSA and has been working to improve patient safety ever since.

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