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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.

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Consumers Union Documents

Consumers Union News Releases

  • 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.

  • 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 For Immediate Release: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 Contact: Michael McCauley (, 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

Blog Posts

News Articles

  • A veil of secrecy shields hospitals where outbreaks occur
    Source: LA Times (Saturday April 18, 2015)

    “L.A. County health officials investigate and confirm an infection outbreak inside one of the county’s hospitals once or twice a month. The public rarely finds out which hospital is involved, how many patients were stricken or whether any died.”

  • 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.”

  • 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:
    A PDF of the slides can be downloaded from:

  • 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.

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:
    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.”

  • Washington Advocates for Patient Safety Additional Comments on WA hospital infection draft report
    Source: Washington Advocates for Patient Safety (Friday July 12, 2013)

    Washington Advocates for Patient Safety Additional Comments on Draft Report “Healthcare Associated Infections: 2013 Report to the Washington Legislature” by the Washington Department of Health.