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
- CDC Study highlights the dangers of C. difficile infections
Safe Patient Project is available for interviews on the subject also collect stories from patients who have experiences with C. difficile infections.
- Consumers Union News Release on CDC National Report on 2013 Hospital-Acquired Infections
Atlanta, GA – A national report issued today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows a continued decline in most of the types of hospital-acquired infections that are publicly reported. However, the 2013 data reveals that there is still much work to be done to reach the long-term goal of eliminating hospital-acquired infections, as set out by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). And, nationally, hospitals have failed to meet the 5-year goals set by HHS.
- 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
- 5 Steps For Care Coordination With Your Doctors
Without good coordination of care, risks for medical error rise significantly. Use these five Consumer Reports tips to make sure your doctors are doing the right thing.
- 11 tips for how to complain about your medical care
Check out Public Citizen’s fantastic guide for where to complain, written by Alan Levine, member of Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Network.
- Does your doctor wash their hands?
Check out this great new video about hand hygiene practices by health care workers created by the Alliance for Safety Awareness for Patients.
- 3 Hospital Superbugs You Should Know By Name
Last week, various news outlets reported on a superbug outbreak at UCLA hospital linked to two patient deaths and nearly 180 possibly infected.
- A Surprising Way to Avoid Medical Errors in the Hospital
Most of us have a bad waiter or waitress experience. Maybe they were rude, made a mistake with your dish, or overcharged you. Similarly, people have had less than optimal experiences in the hospital, as a patient or family member of a patient.
- 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.”
- Texas Scientists Find Antibiotic Resistance Blowing in Wind Source: Texas Tribune (Sunday March 29, 2015)
“The study may help explain how bacteria that no longer respond to antibiotics could be spreading and causing hard-to-treat infections in humans.”
- To reduce malpractice litigation, stop making mistakes Source: The Hill (Monday March 16, 2015)
A new Public Citizen report about obstetric safety in the United States concludes the U.S. “has a poor childbirth safety record, likely due in part to the failure of obstetrics practitioners to develop and adhere to standardized practices.”
- Source: CDC Hospitals Don't Have to Tell You About Deadly Superbug Risks Source: Bloomberg (Friday March 6, 2015)
“Hospitals don’t have a legal obligation to tell patients about the presence of pathogens — even antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Recent outbreaks, linked to contaminated endoscopes at UCLA and other hospitals, are bringing this policy gap to the fore.”
Research and Reports
- Health Watch USA: Testimony on Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms and Hospital Acquired Conditions Source: Health Watch USA (Wednesday November 19, 2014)
Health Watch USA presentation before the KY House Health and Welfare Committee on dangerous multi-drug resistant bacteria (MDROs) and the need for stricter standards when treading all MDROs.
- 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.