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.
Categories: C. diff, Hospital Infections/ Superbugs, MRSA
Tags: C. diff, Consumer Reports, Consumer Reports health ratings, Consumers Union, hospital infection ratings, hospital infections, Low down dozen hospitals, MRSA, surgical site infections
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
Last week, various news outlets reported on a superbug outbreak at UCLA hospital linked to two patient deaths and nearly 180 possibly infected.
“I came in with a simple fracture and I came out without a leg.” – Vietnam vet
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.
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.
“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.”