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Consumers Union Documents

  • Model Hospital Infections Disclosure Act (January 4, 2010)
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Policy and Legislation

  • Model Hospital Infections Disclosure Act (January 4, 2010)
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Consumers Union News Releases

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Blog Posts

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  • Bad Medicine

    The Texas Observer reports on the history of a Texas doctor who plead guilty to charges of retaliation and misuse of information after prosecuting two nurse whistleblowers.Source: The Texas Observer (November 10, 2011)

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Research and Reports

  • Why Not The Best? Comparative Reports on Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections

    Users of WhyNotTheBest.org can now search for and compare data for nearly 1,000 hospitals on the incidence of central line–associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs)—one of the most lethal hospital-acquired complications. The data show wide variation in CLABSI incidence, in spite of strong evidence on how to prevent them. The updated data is made possible through a partnership among The Commonwealth Fund, The Leapfrog Group, and Consumers Union.

  • Patient Safety America Newsletter (December 2011)

    Monthly patient safety newsletter by John T. James, Ph.D. of Houston, TX.Source: Patient Safety America (December 2011)

  • Patient Safety America Newsletter (October 2011)

    Monthly patient safety newsletter by John T. James, Ph.D. of Houston, TX.

  • Parkland CMS survey

    Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas was under investigation by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) after a CMS survey found “immediate and serious” threats to patient health and safety. Parkland made a correction action plan which is available at the link below.Source: Parkland/CMS (September 2011)

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Paient Safety America seeks to educate the public on the dangers and excess cost of medical care in America. Our ultimate goal is a substantive, enforced, national patient bill of rights that fosters transparency for all who seek healthcare. Transparency creates informed consumers of healthcare and safer patients.
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User Submitted Links (10)

  • On April 28, 2009 Mike Hammer posted:

    The governments obligation is to protect ALL the people

  • On January 22, 2010 Betsy Hayes posted:

    My 6 month old had taken a fall. We were in the waiting room waiting for the doc. When he came in I asked him if he’d washed his hands from the last patient. He was very huffy about it, and said of course I did. But he washed his hands anyway. The way I see it, do I care more about offending this doc or if he is going to potentially pass an infection to my baby.

  • On January 25, 2010 Cathy Young posted:

    I believe that more attention to this matter is greatly needed. Hospitals should be safe – there is a way to do this. Whatever it takes.

  • On April 15, 2010 Kenne G. Turner posted:

    Growing up I always felt one of the safest places to be was in a hospital — not any more! Let’s make our hospitals safe!

  • On April 15, 2010 [email protected] posted:

    Please ensure that all Hospitals use this ‘Checklist’ so that you or one of your family members do not get this blood stream illness and most of all one of my family members. I have to go to the hospital a lot due to having a Liver Transplant and it is very important to me. I have been extremely lucky but I do know some of my friends that have gotten this disease. Please ensure ALL HOSPITALS practice this.

  • On April 15, 2010 Laura Jobe posted:

    Patients go to the hospital to get well, not sick. I’m sure you’ve heard the old saying that the best place to get sick is in a hospital. That is a shame.

  • On April 15, 2010 Keith Rosen posted:

    Start holding the medical establishment as responsible for murder, as they know how to prevent needless deaths, as you do someone infected with HIV who gives it to another person.

  • On April 16, 2010 Lee Hutchings posted:

    Hospitals should not be the place to go and get infections. That this is a real possibility scares me as much as the problems I had going there in the first place.

  • On May 27, 2010 c regenhard posted:

    Why is it so difficult to pursue a negligence/wrongful death lawsuit against a hospital in Texas? Does anyone have any stories about negligence at Kingwood Hospital, Kingwood Texas?

  • On August 3, 2010 Marilea Price posted:

    It is way past time to get out of the patriarchal belief that made these standards so common. Let’s get real they only imposed these rules because they unerringly believed that women could never keep up. Laugh on them not only have women kept up but they have also surpassed the men in many areas. YEA! Go Ladies Go!