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
- 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 "To Err Is Human, To Delay Is Deadly" Webcast
On November 17, 2009, Consumers Union hosted a forum in Washington DC based on the 10-year anniversary of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) 1999 study on medical harm challenging our health system’s progress on preventing medical harm 10 years later. We released a report earlier in the year on this
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 firstname.lastname@example.org For Immediate Release: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 Contact: Michael McCauley (email@example.com), 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 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.
- Beware of Scary Superbugs in Your Hospital
It only takes three things for a hospital superbug to infect a patient. Should you be concerned?
- Olympia man suing Veterans Administration after he contracted MRSA Source: The News Tribune (Sunday February 23, 2014)
“I came in with a simple fracture and I came out without a leg.” – Vietnam vet
- Herd Immunity: Veterans Affairs beating MRSA with simple weapons Source: Reporting on Health (Friday February 14, 2014)
Bill Heisel (Reporting on Health) writes about the remarkable success of VA hospitals reducing MRSA infections; with stunning results in KY; but other hospitals in KY are not choosing to replicate the success, which includes screening patients for MRSA.
- Presentation by Kevin Kavanagh before the Kentucky House Health & Welfare Committee: Public Reporting of Healthcare Associated Infections Source: Health Watch USA (Friday January 10, 2014)
Link to the testimony video and PowerPoint Slides from Kevin Kavanagh’s presentation on hospital acquired infections and multi-drug resistant organisms to the Kentucky House Health and Welfare Cmt. Jan. 9, 2014.
- MRSA Infection Rates Drop in Veterans Affairs Long-Term Care Facilities Source: Infection Control Today (Monday January 6, 2014)
APIC Study: A MRSA prevention program implemented nationwide in 133 VA long-term care facilities has shown a dramatic decrease in MRSA infections (36% overall reduction). The MRSA prevention program utilizes a bundled approach that includes screening every patient for MRSA, use of gowns and gloves when caring for patients colonized or infected with MRSA, hand hygiene, and an institutional culture change focusing on individual responsibility for infection control.
- Deadly MRSA bacteria expands its reach in Kentucky, U.S. Source: Courier Journal (Wednesday December 18, 2013)
“A man was diagnosed with MRSA and had to stay in a Kentucky hospital for 45 days battling the life-threatening illness. Cases of community-acquired strains of MRSA seem to be rising, and doctors are finding out why.”
Research and Reports
- 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.
- 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.
- NEJM: Targeted versus Universal Decolonization to Prevent ICU Infection Source: New England Journal of Medicine (Thursday June 13, 2013)
Free Preview: Targeted versus Universal Decolonization to Prevent ICU Infection. Study finds: In routine ICU practice, universal decolonization was more effective than targeted decolonization or screening and isolation in reducing rates of MRSA clinical isolates and bloodstream infection from any pathogen.
- A Perspective on the Evidence Regarding Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus Surveillance (Free Access) Source: Journal of Patient Safety (Tuesday August 7, 2012)
The manuscript on MRSA Surveillance and the not setting of standards which was published in the Journal of Patient Safety is now FREE ACCESS. This article by Health Watch USA tells part of the story of the behind the USA not setting standards for MRSA Surveillance. “The publication in prominent journals of 2 studies, the STAR*ICU Study and the MRSA-Swiss Study, seems to have had a disproportionate impact on health-care policy, which has stymied the widespread adoption of MRSA active surveillance testing in hospitals.” — Journal of Patient Safety, Aug. 2012.
- CDC: Predicting Risk for Death from MRSA Bacteremia Source: CDC Emerging Infectious Diseases (Monday June 25, 2012)
CDC publishes new study that identifies factors associated with risk of death from MRSA.