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.
Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections are mostly preventable but thousands of Americans die every year from them and many more suffer needlessly because hospitals fail to protect patients from being exposed to these dangerous superbugs.
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 and Washington Advocates for Patient Safety comments on the WA hospital infection reporting program Source: Consumers Union (Friday July 12, 2013)
Consumers Union and Washington Advocates for Patient Safety submitted comments on the WA Dept of Health legislative draft report on the hospital infection reporting program.
- Quick Steps for Searching Hospital Compare Infection Information
Central Line Bloodstream Infection Information Now Available for Hospitals Nationwide Instructions for Finding Out About Your Hospital: The Department of Health & Human Services is now disclosing for the first time information to compare central line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) in intensive care units at hospitals across the country. Three months of CLABSI information for Continue Reading
- Spreading Germs: Low Rates of Flu Vaccination Among California Healthcare Workers Put Patients at Risk (PDF)
Consumers Union Report shows California Department of Public Health is falling behind on collecting and publishing dangerously low vaccination rates to the public.
- Consumer Reports Health: Many Hospitals Fail To Lower Infection Rates Despite Lifesaving Checklist
New online ratings provide patients with easy access to hospital infection rates, a first for consumers
Consumers Union News Releases
- California Issues Report Detailing Hospital Infection Rates For 2011
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a number of reports today updating hospital infection rates for hospitals throughout the state during 2011. All California hospitals are required to publicly report patient infection data as a result of a 2008 state law that aims to encourage hospitals to improve efforts to prevent infections.
- HHS Announces National Campaign to Improve Patient Safety
CONSUMERS UNION SAFE PATIENT PROJECT — NEWS RELEASE Please Note: Consumers Union can connect reporters with patients who have suffered from hospital infections and other medical harm. To find out more, contact Michael McCauley at email@example.com For Immediate Release: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 Contact: Michael McCauley (firstname.lastname@example.org), 415-902-9537 (cell), 415-431-6747,
- California Issues Reports on Hospital-Acquired Infections
The reports provide a first glimpse at Hospital Infection Rates. Consumers Union press release recommending the state work harder to ensure the data is accurate and provided in a format consumers can easily view and understand.
- Report Finds That Only Half of California Hospital Workers Got Flu Vaccine
Report Finds That Only Half of California Hospital Workers Got Flu Vaccine
- Consumers Union Finds Slow Progress on Patient Safety in California
California Department of Public Health Has Failed to Carry Out Key Requirements of Recent Patient Safety Laws
- 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!
- California Releases New Report on Hospital Infection Rates
A report by the California Department of Public Health, makes California a national leader on public reporting of infections.
- Consumer voices to be heard at national hospital infection meeting
Meet the eleven consumer advocates who will be attending a U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)hospital infection meeting this week.
- “Please, don’t infect me”
Hospital infection survivor and “numerator,” Kerry O’Connell describes the emotional and physical impact of hospital infection on patients and calls for more empathy and honesty from our health care providers.
- “It’s not just statistics…it’s somebody’s Mom”
Hospital infections leave a lasting impact on the individuals and families who had to experience them. For Mary Brennan-Taylor, hospital infections took the life of her mother, Alice Brennan, who passed away in 2009 after entering the hospital for pain and swelling in her leg.
- Dr. Kevin Kavanagh on how Ebola reveals scary gaps in U.S. health care Source: Lexington Herald-Leader (Sunday October 12, 2014)
Dr. Kevin Kavanagh shares what he thinks are the most important health care lessons from the Ebola incident.
- Presentation by Health Watch USA: The Case for MRSA Surveillance and Concerns Regarding Chlorhexidine Source: Health Watch USA video on YouTube (Thursday October 9, 2014)
The following YouTube video served as a basis for the 2014 Health Watch USA presentation at the Stakeholders forum on Antimicrobial Resistance in Philadelphia, PA. The video is a quick review regarding MRSA Surveillance, Antibiotic Resistance and our concerns with Chlorhexidine.
The YouTube URL is: http://youtu.be/MC7ztSASvuc
A PDF of the slides can be downloaded from: http://www.healthwatchusa.org/HWUSA-Presentations-Community/20141009-Kavanagh-SFAR/sfar-2014-Version-2.pdf
- Single Dose of Antibiotic Found Effective in Quelling MRSA Source: New York Times (Thursday June 5, 2014)
Administering a single dose of the new antibiotic for drug resistant skin infections will be easier to insure the full dose is taken compared to taking oral antibiotics for 7-10 days. antibiotics.
- 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.”
Research and Reports
- OpEd on Kentucky and Healthcare Associated Infections by Kevin Kavanagh Source: Lexington Herald-Leader (Monday September 15, 2014)
Kevin Kavanagh, chairman of Health Watch USA, explains what Kentucky is doing on hospital infections.
- MRSA Awareness Event in Michigan (August 24, 2014) Source: Joy Cluff (Tuesday August 12, 2014)
Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project will attend the 1st Annual MRSA Awareness event on Sunday, August 24 in St. Joseph, Michigan organized by MI advocate Joy Cluff. The event is a benefit for MRSA Survivors Network. Joy’s son nearly died from MRSA but he was able to fight the bug and now Joy is speaking out about hospital superbugs.
- Kevin Kavanagh study on MRSA surveillance in surgical patients Source: Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control (Wednesday May 14, 2014)
An article outlining the case for MRSA surveillance in surgical patients: http://www.aricjournal.com/content/pdf/2047-2994-3-18.pdf
Kavanagh KT, Calderon LE, Saman DM and Abusalem SK: The use of surveillance and preventative measures for methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus infections in surgical patients. Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control 2014, 3:18 doi:10.1186/2047-2994-3-18 Published: 14 May 2014
- 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.”
- 2009-2012 Oregon Healthcare Acquired Infections annual report Source: Oregon Health Authority (Friday August 2, 2013)
New Oregon report on hospital acquired infections, including data on 60 hospitals in the state. The report covers eleven mandatory reporting elements, including nine potential infections acquired while receiving care for other medical conditions. The report includes summary data for the state and individual data sheets for the 60 Oregon acute care hospitals.