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State Disclosure Reports

  • Oregon Healthcare Acquired Infections Reports
    Source: Oregon Health Authority (Thursday June 14, 2012)
  • Hospital infection report for 2009 (11/10)

Consumers Union Documents

  • State Medical Error Report Links

    Reports from the states with laws requiring public reporting of medical errors.

  • State’s request for federal (ARRA) funding of plans to fight hospital acquired infections

    Links to state grant submissions from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act stimulus money for hospital-acquired infection plans.

  • Health and Human Services Grants for hospital infection prevention at surgical centers

    HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius designates ARRA money to stand-alone or same-day surgical centers to fight hospital infections in 12 states.

  • State Hospital Infection Public Reporting Laws

    Summary of state laws hospital infection reporting laws.

Blog Posts

  • Breaking News: Handwashing Saves Lives

    We have said many times that handwashing makes a difference in stopping hospital acquired infections. Like us, President Obama acknowledges the importance of hand hygiene to prevent illness.

  • Prescription drug discount initiative passes in Oregon!

    Good news! Measure 44, which will allow the uninsured in OR to receive discounts on their medications passed on Tuesday.

News Articles

  • Oregon health officials tackle complacency over antibiotic misuse, amid dire warnings
    Source: The Oregonian (Friday October 11, 2013)

    Oregon health officials are spreading the word to health care facilities and schools to stop antibiotic overuse – an OR survey showed that only half of the state’s hospitals appear to have full-blown stewardship programs to rein in the use of antibiotics.

  • Oregon DOJ cases target doctors’ failure to inform patients about device payments
    Source: The Oregonian (Tuesday August 6, 2013)

    The DOJ ruling requires Oregon Doctors to tell their patients if they receive payments form device companies.

  • Oregon medical error mediation bill set to become law
    Source: Health care finance news (Thursday March 14, 2013)

    New law attempts to settle medical error issues through mediation.

  • Doctor in Repeat-Surgery Probe Gives Up License
    Source: Wall Street Journal (Thursday October 11, 2012)

    A Portland, Ore., neurosurgeon who performed an unusual number of repeat spinal operations on patients has surrendered his medical license, ending an 18-month investigation by the state’s medical board.

  • “Damselfly” production is a tribute to HART actress Diana Brookins
    Source: Oregon Live (Tuesday July 31, 2012)

    New play in Oregon’s HART theatre, “Damselfly,” is based on the life and death of 25-year-old Diana Brookins due to medical error.

  • Damselfly, the Diana Brookins Story
    Source: Hart Theatre (Friday July 20, 2012)

    Written by HART founder Kim (Sandstrom) Hawksey with collaboration by Helen Haskell of Mothers Against Medical Error, Damselfly is often light-hearted, humorous, and passionate, yet it still conveys the real-life account of a deadly breakdown in our healthcare system and the resulting loss of a bright theatre light.

  • Patient safety in Oregon hospitals
    Source: The Bulletin (Friday March 9, 2012)

    Five Oregon hospitals score worse than the national average on a key measure of patient safety for Medicare patients, according to an analysis released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

  • Doctor accused of sexually abusing hospital patients in The Dalles
    Source: The Oregonian (Wednesday August 3, 2011)

    A hospital anesthesiologist in The Dalles was accused of sexually abusing two female patients in an indictment Wednesday by a Wasco County grand jury.

  • Oregon doctors, hospitals and patients wrestle with growing drug shortages
    Source: The Oregonian (Saturday July 9, 2011)

    Oregon cancer patient affected by drug shortages of his chemotherapy. Drug shortages are a growing national problem, and as a result, patients are getting late treatments, substitute medications, or decreased drug doses for serious illnesses.

  • Health News: Medical devices debated in Congress; controversies surface; Oregon connection
    Source: The Oregonian (Tuesday July 5, 2011)

    A sampler of articles on the issue of fees for medical device manufacturers, a debate heating up in Washington DC.

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Research and Reports

  • Oregon Healthcare Acquired Infections Reports
    Source: Oregon Health Authority (Thursday June 14, 2012)

    New report released June 2012: Oregon Healthcare Acquired Infections Report January 2009-December 2011

  • Infections due to medical care in Oregon hospitalsReport highlights the financial impact of hospital infections in Oregon