My mother, 83, had knee replacement surgery at a small hospital in Wisconsin. Two days after surgery she developed shortness of breath and pressure in her chest. My sister, our mother’s caregiver, had to bring this to the attention of the medical staff. Chest x-rays were requested which revealed mild edema, enlarged cardiac silhouette, and Continue Reading
State Disclosure Reports
- Healthcare-Associated Infections in North Carolina 2012
- Healthcare-Associated Infections in North Carolina 2013 Source: NC Department of Health and Human Services (Monday April 28, 2014)
Consumers Union Documents
- 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.
Consumers Union News Releases
- HHS Announces National Campaign to Improve Patient Safety
CONSUMERS UNION SAFE PATIENT PROJECT — NEWS RELEASE Please Note: Consumers Union can connect reporters with patients who have suffered from hospital infections and other medical harm. To find out more, contact Michael McCauley at email@example.com For Immediate Release: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 Contact: Michael McCauley (firstname.lastname@example.org), 415-902-9537 (cell), 415-431-6747,
- Avandia added to the growing list of drugs that just might kill you
You can’t pick up a paper or turn on the news this week without hearing about Avandia, the latest blockbuster drug in the spotlight for potentially deadly side effects. This treatment, prescribed to about 6 million diabetics since 1999, is likely to increase cardiovascular disease and heart attacks in its users.
- NC hospital: 18 possibly exposed to rare disease Source: Washington Post (Tuesday February 11, 2014)
Washington Post reports: “Eighteen patients at a North Carolina hospital may have been exposed to a rare neurological disease after surgical equipment wasn’t properly sterilized, officials said.”
- Operating-Room Fire at Hospital Burns Patient, Prompts Changes Source: The Pilot News (Friday August 9, 2013)
Operating-Room Fire at NC hospital burns patient, prompting CMS to review hospital’s safety plan
- NC study cut hospital readmissions among state's sickest, poorest patients Source: News Observer (Wednesday August 7, 2013)
News Observer reports: “A North Carolina study on reducing costly hospital visits cut readmissions by 20 percent among the sickest and poorest patients who are most prone to relying on hospitals for their medical care.”
- Aching joints create many problems Source: Lincoln Times-News (Saturday June 8, 2013)
Guest columnist Kathryn Yarbro writes about her knee replacement surgery and having to use a cane.
- North Carolina releases first public report on hospital-acquired infections Source: Charlotte Observer (Saturday January 26, 2013)
North Carolina publishes its first-ever report on hospital-acquired infections. Although infection data are now available on the Medicare website, Lisa McGiffert, director of Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project, said it’s still important for states to publish their own.
- Study faults care at Fayetteville dialysis clinics Source: FayObserver.com (Monday September 5, 2011)
Infection control and other patient safety recurring failures documented at three Fayetteville dialysis clinics.
- Study: Medical Errors in NC Indicative of Nationwide Problem Source: Public News Service (Friday December 10, 2010)
It’s not getting any better when it comes to reducing the rate of medical errors occurring in North Carolina, according to a recent study published in the “New England Journal of Medicine.”
- Study finds room for improvement on NC patient safety Source: Asheville Citizen-Times (Tuesday November 30, 2010)
A six-year study at 10 North Carolina hospitals showed no decline in so-called patient “harms,” which included medical errors and unavoidable mistakes.
- Study Finds No Progress in Safety at Hospitals Source: New York Times (Wednesday November 24, 2010)
A new study conducted from 2002 to 2007 in 10 North Carolina hospitals, found that harm to patients was common and that the number of incidents did not decrease over time. The most common problems were complications from procedures or drugs and hospital-acquired infections. Click here to view the study.
- 'Super bug' that's resistant to antibiotics threatens hospital patients Source: Washington Post (Tuesday August 24, 2010)
“A recent study found 25 percent more C. diff than MRSA in 28 community hospitals in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.”
Research and Reports
- North Carolina Medical Board Doctor Licensee Search
NC Medical Board adds medical malpractice reports to Physician search.