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The Low-Down Dozen: Consumer Reports flags twelve hospitals for low infection prevention ratings

Today Consumers Union, the policy in action arm of Consumer Reports, is launching “The Low-Down Dozen,” a social media project to call attention to twelve hospitals that earned low scores for avoiding five infections in our latest ratings.

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Statistic on safety of medical scopes ‘inaccurate, outdated,’ researchers say

“For decades, doctors reassured patients about the safety of medical scopes with a single statistic. But the statistic is 22 years old. And even then it was wrong.”

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A veil of secrecy shields hospitals where outbreaks occur

“L.A. County health officials investigate and confirm an infection outbreak inside one of the county’s hospitals once or twice a month. The public rarely finds out which hospital is involved, how many patients were stricken or whether any died.”

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Dr. Kevin Kavanagh says hospitals should act as Ky. falls on key infection ranking

“Until recently, Kentucky had one of the highest rates of staph bloodstream infections in the nation. New data from the Centers for Disease Control’s National Healthcare Safety Network show that our MRSA bloodstream infection rate has worsened.”

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3 Hospital Superbugs You Should Know By Name

Last week, various news outlets reported on a superbug outbreak at UCLA hospital linked to two patient deaths and nearly 180 possibly infected.

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Olympia man suing Veterans Administration after he contracted MRSA

“I came in with a simple fracture and I came out without a leg.” – Vietnam vet

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Herd Immunity: Veterans Affairs beating MRSA with simple weapons

Bill Heisel (Reporting on Health) writes about the remarkable success of VA hospitals reducing MRSA infections; with stunning results in KY; but other hospitals in KY are not choosing to replicate the success, which includes screening patients for MRSA.

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MRSA Infection Rates Drop in Veterans Affairs Long-Term Care Facilities

APIC Study: A MRSA prevention program implemented nationwide in 133 VA long-term care facilities has shown a dramatic decrease in MRSA infections (36% overall reduction). The MRSA prevention program utilizes a bundled approach that includes screening every patient for MRSA, use of gowns and gloves when caring for patients colonized or infected with MRSA, hand hygiene, and an institutional culture change focusing on individual responsibility for infection control.

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Deadly MRSA bacteria expands its reach in Kentucky, U.S.

“A man was diagnosed with MRSA and had to stay in a Kentucky hospital for 45 days battling the life-threatening illness. Cases of community-acquired strains of MRSA seem to be rising, and doctors are finding out why.”

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