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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.

Click here for State Health Care Acquired Infection Reports

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.

Consumers Union News Releases

Blog Posts

News Articles

  • The 21st Century Cures Act — Will It Take Us Back in Time?
    Source: NEJM (Wednesday June 3, 2015)

    Embedded in the language of the 21st Century Cures Act are some good ideas that could streamline the development and evaluation of new drugs and devices; its call for increased NIH funding may prove to be its most useful component. But political forces have also introduced other provisions that could lead to the approval of drugs and devices that are less safe or effective than existing criteria would permit.

  • Opinion: Don’t Weaken the F.D.A.’s Drug Approval Process
    Source: NYT (Thursday June 11, 2015)

    “The 21st Century Cures Act, which would lower standards for the approval of many medical products and potentially place patients at unnecessary risk.”

  • The 21st Century Cures Act — Will It Take Us Back in Time?
    Source: NEJM (Wednesday June 3, 2015)

    “Patients and physicians would not benefit from legislation that instead of catapulting us into the future, could actually bring back some of the problems we thought we had left behind in the 20th century.

  • Sepsis, A Wily Killer, Stymies Doctors' Efforts To Tame It
    Source: NPR (Monday May 4, 2015)

    Sepsis is “one of the most common causes of death in the hospital, killing more people than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.”

  • Reports to Feds on deadly bacteria outbreaks arrived late
    Source: USA Today (Wednesday April 15, 2015)

    This system of filing these (MDR) reports is the only thing in place that can tell us that devices are having problems, (and) … it often puts the interests of (device) manufacturers and the hospitals ahead of the public,” says Lisa McGiffert, who heads the Safe Patient Project at Consumers Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports. “It’s a pretty weak system.”

Research and Reports