NEVER (NorthEast Voices for Error Reduction) is made up of member patient safety and advocacy organizations located throughout the northeast. The mission of NorthEast Voices for Error Reduction (NEVER) is the empowerment of patients and the elimination of healthcare harm by: advocating for patient interests in healthcare delivery; educating the public, the media, elected officials about patient safety, working toward a transparent and accountable healthcare system.
Clostridium difficile is a bacteria that causes severe diarrhea when one’s natural stomach “flora” has been eliminated by antibiotics. Without a natural ecosystem to protect the stomach, bacteria moves in and takes over. C-diff can also be spread from person to person.
Consumers Union Documents
- Response to Consumer Reports' questions from Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Source: Consumer Reports (Monday December 7, 2015)
The Low-Down Dozen: Hospital responses to CR (Charlotte Hungerford Hospital – Torrington, CT)
- Response to Consumer Reports' questions from Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Source: Consumer Reports (Thursday October 15, 2015)
The Low Down Dozen Hospital Responses (Charlotte Hungerford Hospital – Torrington, CT)
- Response to Consumer Reports' questions from Mercy St. Anne Hospital Source: Consumer Reports (Monday October 5, 2015)
The Low-Down Dozen: Hospital responses to CR (Mercy St. Anne Hospital – Toledo, OH)
- Response to Consumer Reports' questions from Decatur Memorial Hospital Source: Consumer Reports (Monday October 5, 2015)
The Low-Down Dozen: Hospital responses to CR (Decatur Memorial Hospital – Decatur, IL)
- Response to Consumer Reports’ questions from Meridian Health (Riverview Medical Center) Source: Consumer Reports (Friday October 2, 2015)
The Low-Down Dozen: Hospital responses to CR (Riverview Medical Center – Red Bank, NJ)
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-477-4431, ext 7509 or Suzanne Henry, email@example.com 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
- 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.
- The Low-Down Dozen: Consumer Reports flags twelve hospitals for low infection prevention ratings
Today Consumers Union, the policy in action arm of Consumer Reports, is launching “The Low-Down Dozen,” a social media project to call attention to twelve hospitals that earned low scores for avoiding five infections in our latest ratings.
- 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.
- 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.
- Video: What do we want? Safe health care!
Medical harm is the third leading cause of death in the US. These Safe Patient Project activists are doing amazing things to change that. Check out our new video!
- California Safe Patient activists celebrate progress and testify at Medical Board of California meeting
A week ago, our Consumers Union (CU) Safe Patient Project staff went to sunny California to meet with our network of activists that are working to protect CA patients from medical harm. Find out what we did!
- 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.”
- Christian Lillis: Funding superbug research is critical Source: Baltimore Sun (Monday June 2, 2014)
Christian Lillis, executive director of Peggy Lillis Memorial Foundation says more funding is needed to help scientists tackle the most dangerous superbugs, including C.diff that led to his mother’s death.
- Hospital-Related Infections Hit Nearly 650,000 Patients in 2011: CDC Source: HealthDay (Wednesday March 26, 2014)
“About one of every 25 U.S. hospital patients contracts an infection during their stay, and doctors can’t say for certain why half those infections occur, according to a new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”
- NPR: Fewer People Are Getting Infections In Hospitals, But Many Still Die Source: NPR (Wednesday March 26, 2014)
NPR covers the new CDC report on hospital infections. “Hospital-acquired infections continue to be a big problem in health care, with 4 percent of patients getting a new infection while hospitalized, a study finds. And 11 percent of those infections turn deadly.”
- One in 25 patients battling hospital-acquired infections: CDC Source: Reuters (Wednesday March 26, 2014)
“On any given day, one in 25 hospitalized patients – 4 percent – is battling an infection picked up in a hospital or other healthcare facility, according to a new survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”
Research and Reports
- CDC Healthcare-associated Infections (HAI) Progress Report Source: CDC (Wednesday March 26, 2014)
“Healthcare-Associated infections are a major, yet often preventable, threat to patient safety. The [CDC’s] National and State Healthcare-Associated Infections Progress Report expands and provides an update on previous reports detailing progress toward the ultimate goal of eliminating healthcare-associated infections.”
- APIC Guide to Preventing Clostridium difficile Infections Source: APIC (Friday March 8, 2013)
APIC guide: features up-to-date research and guidance on the prevention and treatment of Clostridium difficile infections (CDI), and incorporates current regulations. Included are an overview of CDI, strategies for prevention, considerations for specific patient populations, and evolving practices.
- Health Watch USA Newsletter - December 20, 2012 Source: Health Watch USA (Thursday December 20, 2012)
Patient safety news collected by Health Watch USA.
- Clostridium difficile Infections: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention Source: AHRQ (Monday December 19, 2011)
AHRQ information aimed at clinicians regarding C.diff infections.
- HCUP Projections: Clostridium Difficile Hospitalizations 2011 to 2012 Source: Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (Tuesday July 10, 2012)
This report funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) focuses on the burden to hospitals of one type of healthcare-associated infection – Clostridium difficile infection (CDI).