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News

  • ‘You can’t kill my mother and get away with it’

    Article by Marshall Allen after attending Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project 2010 summit.

  • Medical Error Survey for Patients

    This survey was created for patients who have experienced medical harm, their loved ones and their advocates. This survey was created by the Empowered Patient Coalition and we have jointly published this survey on our websites. This survey is designed to answer questions that are important to patients. This is a way for patients to report their experience as they have lived it, and to know that their report will be counted.The Empowered Patient Coalition will be entering the events annonymously on a map so you can see your error and others in your state by clciking on the map.

  • ID: Treasure Valley hospitals ranked on key steps to prevent infections after surgery

    Idaho hospitals overall fared best on giving patients the right antibiotics after surgery and worst on discontinuing antibiotics 24 hours after surgery to cut down on antibiotic resistance.

  • Idaho hopes to get handle on potentially deadly staph

    Health and Welfare Board considers rule requiring health care facilities to report non-fatal cases of MRSA.

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.

  • State Plans to Address Healthcare-Associated Infections

    Plans about what the states are supposed to be doing to eliminate hospital acquired infections.

  • Antimicrobial Resistance State Fact Sheets Map

    Link to map that highlights antimicrobial resistance issues at the state level.

User Submitted Links (4)

  • On April 2, 2009 Donald Cordes posted:

    The Institute of Medicine was correct more than 10 years ago and the problem is worse today. We have fewer highly trained personnel per patient than in the past and the private practice of Medicine, thanks to the lack of accepted IT standards among the software providers, has not gone to electronic systems. For good example, look at VA electronic drug dispensing system.

  • On May 5, 2009 DAVID L WOODRUFF posted:

    ITS TIME TO CORRECT THIS PROBLEM AND SAVE LIVES.

  • On May 28, 2009 Jackie Murray posted:

    Please contact your local legislators and urge them to pass some legislation being considered in Boise to prevent hospitals from charging 300 to 400% more to uninsured patients. The new legislation would make sure that hospitals can only charge patients what they charge the wealthy insurance companies. It’s a start. We should also have legislation to insure that hospitals et al do not profit from the infections that they themselves cause! New patient rights laws with some teeth in them to force medical practitioners to actually respect patient wishes and allow patients to decline expensive and unnecessary parts of their treatment would be nice. After all there is plenty of egregious legislation protecting Doctors etc. Just try suing a Doctor for breaching every single patient right “law” and see how far you get…

  • On April 17, 2010 don nelson posted:

    Please contact your local legislators and urge them to pass some legislation being considered in Boise to prevent hospitals from charging 300 to 400% more to uninsured patients. The new legislation would make sure that hospitals can only charge patients what they charge the wealthy insurance companies. It’s a start. We should also have legislation to insure that hospitals et al do not profit from the infections that they themselves cause! New patient rights laws with some teeth in them to force medical practitioners to actually respect patient wishes and allow patients to decline expensive and unnecessary parts of their treatment would be nice. After all there is plenty of egregious legislation protecting Doctors etc. Just try suing a Doctor for breaching every single patient right “law” and see how far you get…

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