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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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  • Outbreaks Protecting Americans from Infectious Diseases
    Source: Robert Woods Johnson foundation (RWJF) and Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) (Thursday December 17, 2015)

    A new report released today found that more than half (28) of states score a five or lower out of 10 key indicators related to preventing, detecting, diagnosing and responding to outbreaks.

  • Six local hospitals fined for preventable infections (San Diego)
    Source: The San Diego Union Tribune (Saturday December 26, 2015)

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services penalizes under-performing hospitals. In the case of the acquired-conditions program that includes infections, it docks Medicare reimbursements by 1 percent for hospitals whose rankings are in the worst 25 percent nationally.

  • Deadly and hidden mistakes: Hospital error reports often elude the public
    Source: Orange County Register (Tuesday December 1, 2015)

    “Inspectors don’t send out a news release and say, ‘We just inspected this hospital and this is what we found.’ In a perfect world, that would happen. They work for us. We depend on them,” Consumers Union’s McGiffert said.

  • CDC Recommends All Nursing Homes Implement Core Elements to Improve Antibiotic Use
    Source: CDC Newsroom (Tuesday September 15, 2015)

    The Core Elements provide practical ways for nursing homes to initiate or expand antibiotic stewardship activities.

  • Slick congressional PR campaign relentlessly plugs 21st Century Cures Act
    Source: Health News Review (Thursday September 10, 2015)

    Trudy Lieberman writes, “Phrases like the Act has “the potential of being one of the most transformational pieces of legislation that has come along since the National Cancer Act of 1971” and it “seeks to strengthen and modernize our health care system to help generate more cures” don’t come with an explanation of the downsides that might harm patients — like allowing medical devices on the market based on anecdotal evidence instead of clinical trials.”

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