The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a very clear statement today on public reporting of infection rates, prompted by the Consumer Reports article “Deadly Infections” – a real step forward! From their release:

Recently, several state health departments and Consumer Reports magazine released summaries of infection rates in healthcare facilities.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes public reporting of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) is an important component of national HAI elimination efforts. Research shows that when healthcare facilities are aware of their infection issues and implement concrete strategies to prevent them, rates of certain hospital infections can be decreased by more than 70 percent.

Click here to view the full statement. This is a great testament to the years of hard work Consumers Union, Consumer Reports and patient safety state advocates have done together to raise public awareness and pass hospital infection public reporting laws. Onward we go!