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Consumers Union Documents

  • Testimony of Consumers Union on Public Reporting of Medical Harm in MD (March 2, 2011)
  • Testimony of Consumers Union on Public Reporting of Medical Harm in HI (February 14, 2011)

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Policy and Legislation

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Blog Posts

Cancer patient asks hospitals for their infection rates (November 10, 2011)
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Research and Reports

  • Why Not The Best? Comparative Reports on Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections
    Users of WhyNotTheBest.org can now search for and compare data for nearly 1,000 hospitals on the incidence of central line–associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs)—one of the most lethal hospital-acquired complications. The data show wide variation in CLABSI incidence, in spite of strong evidence on how to prevent them. The updated data is made possible through a partnership among The Commonwealth Fund, The Leapfrog Group, and Consumers Union.

Source: The Commonwealth Fund (July 2010)

  • What to Do if You Have a Concern About the Quality of Care from a Maine Doctor
    This tip sheet explains steps you can take in your doctor’s office to deal with your concerns about quality. It tells you how to contact places that regulate or oversee doctors.

Source: Informed Patient Institute (February 2011)

  • What To Do If You Have a Concern About Quality in a Maine Nursing Home
    Advice and resources for dealing with quality concerns
    Source: Informed Patient Institute (February 2011)
    What to Do if You Have a Concern about Quality in a Maine Hospital
    Advice and resources for dealing with quality concerns

Source: Informed Patient Institute (January 2011)
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McCleary MRSA Prevention

I am a retired RN with a new passion to help vulnerable patients. My father died of Hospital Acquired MRSA Pneumonia last year. He was infected by his trusted community hospital while he was rehabilitating from a minor ankle fracture. He was the third patient to contract nosocomial MRSA that month in that hospital, and all 3 of them died. They didn’t declare an outbreak and didn’t change their approach to MRSA prevention because of those infections and deaths. And surprisingly, they were not obligated to report the infections to the State CDC. I took my family and my Father’s story to the Maine Legislature to fight for MRSA prevention in Maine Hospitals. My proposal was supported by legislators, MSNA, AARP, SEIU, MPA and many others. We passed a law in Maine to do MRSA screening of all high risk patients who are being admitted to Maine Hospitals. Currently Maine Hospitals, under the guidance of the Maine Quality Forum MDRO metrics committee, are conducting a prevalence study of MRSA in high risk patients.

Kathy Day, RN

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