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 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.
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
- Consumers Union Statement on CDC C. difficile Study
Consumers Union Statement on CDC C. difficile Study For Release: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 5pm Contact: Lisa McGiffert, email@example.com or 512-477-4431, ext 7509 or Suzanne Henry, firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-477-4431 ext 7511 CDC Study highlights the dangers of C. difficile infections A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides important information about C. difficile, the Continue Reading
- 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, email@example.com or 415-902-9537 (cell) or Ross Moonie, firstname.lastname@example.org or 917-690-5713 or Joe Duraes, email@example.com 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
- Consumer Reports Launches Antibiotic Resistance Investigation
Consumer Reports releases a new report on antibiotic-resistant superbug infections, the first in a three-part series on America’s antibiotic crisis.
- 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 Common Hospital Infection May be Coming To Us From Food Source: National Geographic (Saturday July 25, 2015)
“The infection is Klebsiella pneumoniae, a stubborn gut-dwelling organism that can cause pneumonia, bloodstream infections and meningitis. The finding that it is present in food—and in some cases, practically genetically identical in food and in hospitals”
- Are Urinary Tract Infections Being Measured Correctly? Maybe Not And $373 Million In Federal Fines May Be At Stake. Source: American Journal of Infection Control (Tuesday June 30, 2015)
- Dr. Kevin Kavanagh says hospitals should act as Ky. falls on key infection ranking Source: Lexington Herald-Leader (Friday July 17, 2015)
“Until recently, Kentucky had one of the highest rates of staph bloodstream infections in the nation. New data from the Centers for Disease Control’s National Healthcare Safety Network show that our MRSA bloodstream infection rate has worsened.”
- 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.”
Research and Reports
- Health Watch USA Newsletter (July 2015) Source: Health Watch USA (Friday July 10, 2015)
Patient safety news presented by KY-based Health Watch USA.
- 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.