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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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  • Surveys give low grades to ENH Lockport
    Source: Lockport Journal (Sunday August 17, 2014)

    Patient safety advocate Mary Brennan-Taylor (member of CU’s Safe Patient Project network) and Consumer Reports’ John Santa quoted on controversy surrounding a Lockport hospital’s poor patient safety scores by Consumer Reports.

  • Doctors fear growing hospital superbug
    Source: Courier-Journal (Tuesday August 5, 2014)

    Health Watch USA makes the news! “CRE is very dangerous. It is almost totally resistant to antibiotics,” said Dr. Kevin Kavanagh, an infection-control activist who leads the Somerset, Ky.-based watchdog group Health Watch USA.”

  • Op-ed by Kevin Kavanagh, MD: Use hospital rankings to stay out of harm's way
    Source: Lexington Herald Leader (Sunday August 10, 2014)

    Dr. Kevin Kavanagh, board chairman of Health Watch USA and member of Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project network explains how patients and consumers can make sense of various hospital rankings. For more information on KY hospital rankings, click here:

  • Maryland hospitals aren't reporting all errors and complications, experts say
    Source: Baltimore Sun (Saturday July 26, 2014)

    What information patients can find on medical errors at [Maryland] hospitals “is sorely lacking, unvalidated and without much meaning to the general public,” said Michael Bennett, who became a patient safety advocate after his 88-year-old father’s death.

  • Patients remain in danger from preventable errors
    Source: Fierce Healthcare (Friday July 18, 2014)

    “To better reduce preventable errors, the Senate should establish a National Patient Safety Board, akin to the existing National Transportation Safety Board, testified John James, Ph.D.”

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