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State Disclosure Reports

Consumers Union Documents

  • Model Hospital Infections Disclosure Act (January 4, 2010)
  • State Medical Error Report Links (May 8, 2009)
  • 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

  • Model Hospital Infections Disclosure Act (January 4, 2010)
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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.

Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority Provides Analysis and Data-Driven Prevention Strategies to Reduce Central-Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI)

Patient safety information from the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisory on prevention strategies for reducing and/or eliminating central-line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) based on 2010 data submitted by PA hospitals.

  • What to Do if You Have a Concern About the Quality of Care from a Pennsylvania Doctor

    This tip sheet explains steps you can take in your doctor’s office to deal with your concerns about quality. It also tells you how to contact places that regulate or oversee doctors.

  • What To Do If You Have a Concern About Quality in a Pennsylvania Nursing Home

    This tip sheet explains steps you can take within the nursing home to deal with your concerns about quality of care. It tells you how to contact places that regulate or oversee nursing homes.

  • What to Do if You Have a Concern about Quality in a Pennsylvania Hospital

    This tip sheet explains steps you can take within the hospital to deal with your concerns about quality of care. It tells you how to contact the places that regulate or oversee hospitals.

User Submitted Links (3)

  • On January 22, 2010 posted:

    We have a mother that has mrsa and it is was contacted in our state but Illinois. I feel it is important to have safeguards in place to prevent this from happening.

  • On February 24, 2011 M.A. Leitch posted:

    In the reading this story & the C Diff one, PROBIOTICS, good bacteria, should be used by everyone. Seasonally or after courses of antibiotics. Shop for a brand that has a high CFU count, in the billions, several strains and has a guaranteed delivery to the immune system in the gut.

  • On July 26, 2011 Lynn Thomas posted:

    This past June my mother died after several weeks fighting c-diff. Her death certificate reads pnenumonia. Not at all true but this raised a red flag for me. My mother should be part of the PA data reflecting the true number of patients who contract c-diff and then die from c-diff. By law medicare should not have paid for the bill she ran up as a result of contracting this in a shared room of a nursing center. The woman sharing the room came in with c-diff. Mom had been on antibiotics for UTI. The patient handling procedures and equipment cleanliness was defying common sense in a contageous environment. Contacting the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services is the path I am taking. The patient protective payment system may have some knowledge of how many cases of HAI bills end up in the Medicare bin.

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