The mission of Washington Advocates for Patient Safety (WAPS) is to promote accountability, quality, safety, and responsibility in patient care. As the voice of patients, their goals are to eliminate medical errors and harm and to save more lives.
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.
Consumers Union Documents
- 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.
- Consumers Union comments to National Quality Forum (NQF) on sociodemographic factors Source: Consumers Union (Wednesday April 16, 2014)
Consumers Union letter to National Quality Forum on its draft report “Risk Adjustment for Socioeconomic Status or Other Sociodemographic Factors” regarding risk-adjustment for some provider performance measures. CU’s primary concern is that such adjustments will hide differences in outcomes on quality and safety measures that exist when health care is delivered to patients from certain sociodemographic groups – for example, low-income, race, or age. Performance measures should reveal these differences.
- Video: Testimony of Consumers Union at Senate hearing on medical errors Source: Bernie Sanders (Friday July 18, 2014)
Watch Lisa McGiffert (Consumers Union Safe Patient Project Director) testify at a Senate hearing on medical errors, the third leading cause of death in the U.S.
- Consumers Union's Testimony at Senate Hearing: More Than 1,000 Preventable Deaths a Day Is Too Many Source: Consumers Union (Thursday July 17, 2014)
Lisa McGiffert, Campaign Director for Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project, testified at a Senate HELP subcommittee hearing on medical errors, July 17, 2014.
- Patient Safety Advocates Urge the Creation of a National Patient Safety Board to Fight Medical Errors Source: Consumers Union (Tuesday July 15, 2014)
A network of patient safety advocates is urging Congress to take steps to improve patient safety by preventing hospital acquired infections and other preventable medical errors.
Consumers Union News Releases
- Patient Safety Advocates Urge the Creation of a National Patient Safety Board to Fight Medical Errors
Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project to Highlight Need in Senate Testimony
- Consumers Union To Hold “Ending Medical Harm” Conference at Columbia University On November 6th
CONSUMERS UNION NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 Contact: Michael McCauley, firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-902-9537 (cell) or Ross Moonie, email@example.com or 917-690-5713 or Joe Duraes, firstname.lastname@example.org or 914-293-0100 Consumers Union To Hold “Ending Medical Harm” Conference at Columbia University On November 6 Conference To Focus on Tackling The 3rd Leading Cause of Death Continue Reading
- Governor Inslee Signs Bill to Strengthen Washington’s Hospital Infection Law
Washington Hospital Association Had Urged the Governor To Veto Key Patient Safety Provision
- Washington Bills Undermine Efforts to Hold Hospitals Accountable For Preventing Hospital Acquired Infections
Washington House & Senate Health Committees Vote to Roll Back Public Reporting of Hospital Infections / Bills Undermine Efforts to Hold Hospitals Accountable For Preventing Hospital Acquired Infections
- CDC hospital infection report shows more effort needed
CDC finds national decline in infections but most hospitals haven’t shown statistically significant improvement since five years ago.
- The Empowered Patient Coalition Launches New Website To Help You Navigate the Health Care System
Learn more at EngagedPatients.org
- California Safe Patient activists celebrate progress and testify at Medical Board of California meeting
A week ago, our Consumers Union (CU) Safe Patient Project staff went to sunny California to meet with our network of activists that are working to protect CA patients from medical harm. Find out what we did!
- Consumer Reports shows you what hospitals don’t want you to know about C-sections
Consumer Reports has today released groundbreaking hospital ratings by C-section rates, informing the public about which hospitals perform C-sections at higher rates than others for low-risk deliveries…
- 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
- 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.
- Lockport woman’s loss becomes a lesson for all in the health care industry Source: Buffalo News (Sunday September 7, 2014)
Buffalo News highlights the patient safety advocacy of Mary Brennan-Taylor, a member of Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project activist network.
Research and Reports
- Health Watch USA Newsletter (October 2014) Source: Health Watch USA (Thursday October 2, 2014)
The latest news from KY-based Health Watch USA.
- What to Do if You Have a Concern about Quality in a Connecticut Hospital Source: Informed Patient Institute (Tuesday September 30, 2014)
This tip sheet explains steps you can take within the hospital to deal with your concerns about quality of care. It tells you how to contact the places that regulate or oversee hospitals.
- What to Do if You Have a Concern about Quality in a Connecticut Nursing Home Source: Informed Patient Institute (Tuesday September 30, 2014)
This tip sheet explains steps you can take within the nursing home to deal with your concerns about quality of care. It tells you how to contact places that regulate or oversee nursing homes.
- Health Watch USA Newsletter (mid-September 2014) Source: Health Watch USA (Monday September 15, 2014)
Patient safety news presented by KY-based Health Watch USA.
- OpEd on Kentucky and Healthcare Associated Infections by Kevin Kavanagh Source: Lexington Herald-Leader (Monday September 15, 2014)
Kevin Kavanagh, chairman of Health Watch USA, explains what Kentucky is doing on hospital infections.