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  • 5 Steps For Care Coordination With Your Doctors

    Without good coordination of care, risks for medical error rise significantly. Use these five Consumer Reports tips to make sure your doctors are doing the right thing.

  • 11 tips for how to complain about your medical care

    Check out Public Citizen’s fantastic guide for where to complain, written by Alan Levine, member of Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Network.

  • Does your doctor wash their hands?

    Check out this great new video about hand hygiene practices by health care workers created by the Alliance for Safety Awareness for Patients.

  • 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.

  • A Surprising Way to Avoid Medical Errors in the Hospital

    Most of us have a bad waiter or waitress experience. Maybe they were rude, made a mistake with your dish, or overcharged you. Similarly, people have had less than optimal experiences in the hospital, as a patient or family member of a patient.

  • Video: What do we want? Safe health care!

    Medical harm is the third leading cause of death in the US. These Safe Patient Project activists are doing amazing things to change that. Check out our new video!

  • These people are working to make your health care safer

    Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project hosts a national gathering of patient safety activists from across the country to connect face-to-face, share information and strategize on future work together. This year November 11-13, we held our 9th summit in Yonkers, NY, headquarters of Consumer Reports.

  • The Empowered Patient Coalition Launches New Website To Help You Navigate the Health Care System

    Learn more at

  • California Safe Patient activists celebrate progress and testify at Medical Board of California meeting

    A week ago, our Consumers Union (CU) Safe Patient Project staff went to sunny California to meet with our network of activists that are working to protect CA patients from medical harm. Find out what we did!

  • Consumer Reports shows you what hospitals don’t want you to know about C-sections

    Consumer Reports has today released groundbreaking hospital ratings by C-section rates, informing the public about which hospitals perform C-sections at higher rates than others for low-risk deliveries…

  • Safe Patient Project teams up with Maine activist Kathy Day

    Safe Patient Project’s Daniela Nunez went to healthcare and patient safety-related meetings in Maine this week, joining activist Kathy Day who won a patient partnership award at the Maine Quality Counts conference. Read about important health care conversations happening in Maine.

  • Consumers Union’s “Ending Medical Harm” Conference Brings Awareness and Action

    Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project held an incredible conference on November 6, 2013 at Columbia University’s School of Journalism in NYC that gathered experts, journalists and activists to address the pressing public health threat of medical harm. Our conference, “Ending Medical Harm: Tackling the 3rd leading cause of death in the US,” had approximately 150 Continue Reading

  • Endangered Patients: WA Consumer Forum Explores Ending Medical Harm

      Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project and Washington Advocates for Patient Safety (WAPS) teamed up to host a patient safety forum at the Seattle Public Library to explore ideas for ending patient harm and what consumers can do to protect themselves from medical errors, hospital infections and failed hip and knee implants. About thirty-five people heard Continue Reading

  • Hospital Harm: New Estimate of Patient Deaths due to Hospital Care Shockingly High

    John T. James PhD, a patient safety advocate in our Safe Patient Project network, has published a new study in the Journal of Patient Safety that estimates the number of patient deaths associated with hospital care is more than 400,000 a year. James’ estimate revises an outdated Institute of Medicine 1999 estimate of 98,000 patient deaths a year from medical errors. His numbers should awaken the public to this leading cause of death in America. In this special guest blog post, John James tells us what motivated him to come up with this new medical harm estimate.

  • Health Care Worker Hand-Washing Compliance Remains Frustratingly Low

    Hand-washing by health care workers — or their failure to do so — has received repeated attention by the media. But the hand-washing compliance rate remains frustratingly low — as little as 30 percent of the time that health care workers interact with patients.

  • Washington Governor Inslee Sides with Consumers on Hospital Infection Bill

    Great news! Earlier this week in Washington State, Governor Jay Inslee stood with consumers by signing a bill into law that keeps current reporting on infections associated with hip and knee replacements and cardiac surgeries. The bill also requires hospitals to report on additional types of infections.

  • Holiday in the hospital? Stay safe!

    If you have to enter a hospital over the holidays, we have some advice on how to stay safe in there.

  • Cliff Sniffs C.diff

    Last week an interesting study from the Netherlands demonstrated that a dog trained in detection was able to sniff out the presence of Clostridium difficile superbug (aka, c.difficile or c.diff) in hospital patients.

  • Safe Patient Summit inspires patient safety advocates

    This week, Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project brought 31 energized advocates from across the U.S. to the 7th annual Safe Patient summit November 12-14, with a day of presentations at Consumer Reports headquarters in Yonkers, NY.

  • Advocate on the move

    Find out what made CA-based patient safety advocate go to Wyoming.

  • Patient safety advocates share ideas with CDC experts on fighting healthcare-acquired infections

    Consumers Union’s network of patient safety advocates and Safe Patient Project staff met in Atlanta this month for an energizing meeting at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) to discuss one of the most important issues facing public health: healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs).

  • Patient safety advocate’s work recognized in US News & World Report

    Patient safety advocate Mary Brennan-Taylor shares her mother’s story in U.S. News & World Report.

  • Too many people harmed by C. diff infections – Hospitals need to clean up their act

    Deadly C. diff infections, mainly contracted in hospitals, nursing homes and other health care facilities, are skyrocketing in the US. So why is the medical community doing so little to stop it? Watch and share this heartbreaking story showing the damage this infection can inflict and read the shocking new USA Today report for more Continue Reading

  • Dedicated patient safety advocate shares his story in Health Affairs article

    This week I read a new article written by a dedicated patient safety advocate, Kerry O’Connell, published in Health Affairs, a prestigious healthcare journal.

  • CDC warns the public about deadly C. diff infections, patient safety advocates react

    14,000 Americans die every year from diarrhea-causing C. difficile (or C. diff for short) infections and 337,000 people are hospitalized, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Unlike other healthcare-associated infections that have been on the decline over the past decade, C. diff infection rates and deaths climbed to Continue Reading

  • California Releases New Report on Hospital Infection Rates

    A report by the California Department of Public Health, makes California a national leader on public reporting of infections.

  • Cancer patient asks hospitals for their infection rates

    Seeking safe healthcare for her cancer treatment, patient safety advocate–Kathy Day of Maine–recalls the transparency hurdles she faced when she asked a hospital for its infection rates.

  • Consumer voices to be heard at national hospital infection meeting

    Meet the eleven consumer advocates who will be attending a U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)hospital infection meeting this week.

  • “Please, don’t infect me”

    Hospital infection survivor and “numerator,” Kerry O’Connell describes the emotional and physical impact of hospital infection on patients and calls for more empathy and honesty from our health care providers.

  • “It’s not just statistics…it’s somebody’s Mom”

    Hospital infections leave a lasting impact on the individuals and families who had to experience them. For Mary Brennan-Taylor, hospital infections took the life of her mother, Alice Brennan, who passed away in 2009 after entering the hospital for pain and swelling in her leg.

  • Swine flu victim dies from hospital acquired infection

    New York swine flu patient dies from a hospital-acquired infection in a local ICU where she had been successfully treated for swine flu.

  • Consumers win on reporting surgical infection rates in CA

    Last week, California hospitals lost their bid to avoid reporting their infection rates to the public. A California judge upheld a 2008 state law – one of the strongest in the nation – that calls on hospitals to report infections occurring from a broad array of surgeries.

  • Tuesday 6/7: Join a live web chat with Safe Patient Project

    Join the Chicago Tribune for a live web chat at noon CT (1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT) on Tuesday, June 7, to chat about hospital safety with Tribune reporter Judy Graham, and panelists Empowered Patient Coalition’s Dr. Julia Hallisy and Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project Director Lisa McGiffert.

  • Video: Advice on staying safe in the hospital–from the experts

    Hear advice from consumer advocates on patient safety.

  • Beware of Scary Superbugs in Your Hospital

    It only takes three things for a hospital superbug to infect a patient. Should you be concerned?

  • If you’re in the San Diego area tomorrow, meet us at the Empowered Patient training

    On Saturday, October 9, the Empowered Patient Coalition along with Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project and AARP California will be holding a special training in San Diego for patients and caregivers on how to stay safe in the hospital.

  • A Shot In The Dark: Not Enough California Healthcare Workers are Getting Flu Shots

    It’s the start of flu season and you might be worried about the spread of germs. We’re worried too. Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project released a report today that found nearly half of all hospital workers in California didn’t get flu shots during the 2008-2009 flu season.

  • MRSA Study Indicates Good News But Far Too Many Patients Suffering

    Last week’s good news of a decline in serious MRSA health care-acquired infections, is a victory for patient safety, but we still have a long way to go to eliminate this very preventable crisis.

  • Victory for patients! Public reporting of certain infections will go nationwide

    Soon it will be easier for you to find out how well your hospital prevents certain infections. As part of the new health care reform law, the Department of Health and Human Services will require hospitals to publicly disclose several types of dangerous hospital infections.

  • Patient safety activists hold “conversation” with CDC

    On June 16, Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project and 11 patient safety advocates from 10 states attended the first “Consumer Conversation on Healthcare-Associated Infections” at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta.

  • Numerators

    Guest blog post from Kerry O’Connell of Conifer, Colorado. Kerry is a member of the Colorado Health Facility Acquired Infections Advisory Committee. A committed patient safety advocate, he calls for restoring empathy and compassion in health care.

  • New CDC report on CLABSIs: One step forward, many more to go

    This week the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a state-specific report (not hospital specific) on rates of central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) in the ICU as collected by its National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), a monitoring system that looks at hospital infections across the nation.

  • A Lifesaving Safety Program Your Hospital Should Follow

    An innovative “checklist” to reduce central line bloodstream infections in intensive care units has had incredible success in hospitals where it’s been adopted.

  • Septicemia Statistics and the Need for Death Certificate Reform

    Guest blog by Lori Nerbonne of NH Patient Voices–Death certificates are the primary source of important vital statistics in our country – yet too many certificates fail to tell the whole story.

  • California Moving Too Slow On Patient Safety Progress

    Since 2006, California lawmakers have passed laws to improve patient safety, yet the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has been moving at turtle speed to enforce these laws.

  • New Resource for Those Dissatisfied with a Health Care Experience

    Guest blog post by Deb Wachenheim, Health Quality Manager at Health Care For All (HCFA) in Boston. HCFA has launched a new website that can help patients in Massachusetts and across the country speak up when something goes wrong in the hospital. There is information on asking for help when you are in the hospital, advice on how to file a complaint, and resources available to help you.

  • Jon Stewart: What If We Classified Hospital Infections as Terrorists?

    Surgeon and author Atul Gawande, M.D., discusses the surgical checklist on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

  • U.S. Congressman dies following surgical error, infection

    Our leaders in Congress experience medical harm, too. On Monday, Politico reported that Pennsylvania U.S. Congressman John Murtha had died as a result of complications from recent gallbladder removal surgery at Bethesda Naval Hospital.

  • CDC Endorses Public Reporting of Hospital Infections

    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!

  • Hospitals, get with the program

    Hospital-acquired infections rarely make national headlines, but today, “Deadly infections” hits magazine racks across America in the March 2010 issue of Consumer Reports, published by Consumers Union.

  • Joint Commission: Time to Highlight Outcome Measures

    The Joint Commission (a private membership and hospital accreditation body) has released its 2009 Annual Report on Quality and Safety providing a summary of rates for performance measures for a number of evidence-based treatments for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care between 2002 and 2008.

  • Delaying Is Deadly–Join Our Patient Safety Webcast on November 17

    On November 17, Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project is hosting a forum in Washington DC based on the 10-year anniversary of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) study on medical errors, “To Err Is Human.”

  • Hospitals in the Blogosphere

    If your hospital had a blog, would you read it? More importantly, would you expect to see information that every patient deserves – such as hospital infection rates or harmful medical errors happening there?

  • Let’s talk about MRSA

    Learn about MRSA from the people who have had personal experiences with this harmful superbug.

  • MRSA at the Beach

    What if a fun trip to the beach meant you’d be exposed to MRSA? As recently reported by USA TODAY, researchers have identified this antibiotic-resistant MRSA superbug on five beaches in Washington State.

  • Watch Money-Driven Medicine

    A new documentary, Money-Driven Medicine, offers a thoughtful perspective to the health care reform debate that couldn’t be timelier.

  • Patient Safety Advocates speak out on Health Care Reform

    Read and sign the Patient Safety Advocates’ Statement on Health Care Reform.

  • Dead by Mistake

    Check out this new collection of medical errors reporting: “Dead by Mistake”

  • My Tweet to Secretary Sebelius

    In 140 characters on Twitter, I asked a serious question about hospital-acquired infections.

  • House health reform bill tackles hospital infections

    Our message caught on! A coalition of House Democrats have included public reporting of hospital-acquired infections in their reform bill (HR 3200), and reducing payment to hospitals that aren’t doing enough to prevent infections.

  • In Honor of Patients

    Join patient safety advocates across the country tomorrow to observe Patient Safety Day.

  • Medicare releases data on hospital readmissions

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced last Thursday that it has added readmission rates for more than 4,000 hospitals across the U.S to its Hospital Compare website. With proper care, most people should not have to go back to the hospital shortly after release. This is a key indicator of quality and varies a lot between hospitals.

  • Preventing hospital infections would save lives—and billions

    Hospital groups have reportedly agreed to smaller payments for Medicare and Medicaid services, and less reimbursement for caring for the uninsured, if and when health reform is enacted. So far, however, health care reform proposals have not sufficiently addressed a key aspect that would save money and the lives of thousands of patients: Preventing hospital infections.

  • Patient Safety Activists Represent Consumers at Presidential Health Care Forum

    Four patient safety activists – all who have been personally affected by medical harm – were among the 164 participants in ABC’s televised health care forum held with President Obama. Understandably, they came armed with questions but didn’t get to ask them. So we wanted to give them a chance to get their questions in front of the public and lawmakers here on this blog.

  • VA officials get probed for using non-sterile instruments on patients

    U.S. lawmakers held a hearing a few weeks ago to figure out why VA officials still weren’t following proper procedures for cleaning endoscopes that put more than 11,000 veteran patients at risk.

  • Insight from California Safe Patient Network

    Guest blogger, Holly Harris from San Diego, shares what she learned at the California Safe Patient Network meeting and calls on us to join and spread the word about preventable medical harm.

  • Not Another Ten Years

    Our new report “To Err is Human – To Delay is Deadly” calls attention to the IOM’s unfulfilled call to action.

  • Secretary Sebelius calls on hospitals to fight hospital-acquired infections

    Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, tells hospitals to take “basic steps to fight infections” that harm millions of patients every year and add billions to our nation’s health care costs.

  • Breaking News: Handwashing Saves Lives

    We have said many times that handwashing makes a difference in stopping hospital acquired infections. Like us, President Obama acknowledges the importance of hand hygiene to prevent illness.

  • Activists speak out at Presidential health care forum

    Your stories matter. We are listening—and we’re getting those at the highest levels of government to listen, too.

  • Raise your hand if you’ve had a hospital-acquired infection

    More people know about hospital acquired infections and medical errors than you might think, and not just from watching Oprah.

  • Watch these personal stories — Quality Care Saves Lives!

    I’d like to point you to four brave patients, who debuted their videos to lawmakers at the Massachusetts State House and encouraged them to take an active role to improve patient safety.

  • Medical Mistakes show on Oprah

    Did you catch the Oprah Winfrey Show on Tuesday about medical mistakes? She featured actor Dennis Quaid who recalled the series of hospital errors that nearly killed his newborn twins after they were given one thousand times the amount of the blood-thinning drug Heparin—twice.

  • Drop in some MRSA infections in ICUs

    A new JAMA study confirms what we’ve been saying all along: public reporting of hospital infections leads to reduction of infections!

  • Former skeptic believes in preventing hospital infections

    A few years ago, Dr. Manoj Jain was skeptical of hospital infection reduction—thinking hospital infections were the norm for ICU patients

  • Seattle PI: U.S. pigs and farmers carry MRSA but federal food safety agencies are doing little to see if the pork is safe

    Seattle PI reports on a new study that found pigs and workers on several Midwestern farms are colonized with MRSA.

  • Patients Right to Know

    Colorado Citizens for Accountability has launched its new patient safety website: It contains a U.S. map where you can find out what physician background reporting is available in your state.

  • HHS releases plan to prevent health care-associated infections

    This week the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services released its “Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections” which sets five-year prevention targets for six major types of infection. Such as (from Table 1):

    • A 30% reduction in C. difficile
    • A 25% reduction in urinary catheter infections
    • A 50% reduction in MRSA infections

  • 20 Things You Didn’t Know About…Hygiene

    Here’s one thing you might not know: On average, doctors and nurses clean their hands between patients only 50% of the time.

  • Fund the Texas hospital infection reporting law

    In 2007, the Texas legislature had a brilliant idea. They passed a law that required the Texas Department of State Health Services to make public health care acquired infection rates for several surgical procedures and bloodstream infections in hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers and children’s hospitals by no later than June 1, 2008.

  • MRSA series: Culture of Resistance

    The Seattle Times’ new three-part series on MRSA, the antibiotic-resistant superbug that’s killing thousands of hospital patients every year made me want to wash my hands over and over like Lady Macbeth.

  • “I don’t want to die (in the hospital)”

    While he may not be singing about hospital infections specifically, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band humorously assemble the jolting anxiety we’d feel as a hospital patient trying to get out…

  • Old Blood for Halloween

    Patients given blood transfusions of blood stored 29 days or longer are twice as likely to get a hospital-acquired infection as those receiving newer blood, according to researchers at Cooper University Hospital in New Jersey.

  • Mother against medical error

    Helen Haskell, founder of Mothers Against Medical Error (MAME), became a patient safety advocate after her 15 year old son died from a medical error in 2000. Watch her story.

  • NYT calls for doctors to be included in Medicare non-payment rules

    The New York Times came out Sunday with a strong call for making the new Medicare rule to stop paying for care needed after hospitals harm their patients apply to physicians too, stating the current policy lets “doctors off scot-free.”

  • SC activist Dianne Parker fights for safer care

    Dianne Parker became a lead patient safety activist after her husband, Willie, died from a combination of medical errors and a hospital-acquired MRSA infection. Watch her story…

  • Medicare won’t foot the bill for medical errors

    Effective today, Medicare will stop compensating hospitals for the additional costs to treat patients who suffered from certain preventable infections and errors due to bad medical care.

  • The better half: California hospital infection reporting bills signed into law!

    California becomes 25th state to require public reporting of hospital infections and 4th state to require MRSA screening of certain patients.

  • The “Duh” Factor — What’s So Hard About Saving Lives?

    The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform found that only eight state hospital associations even gather comprehensive information about the rate of central-line-associated bloodstream infections (among the most common types of hospital-acquired infections).

  • MRSA takes its toll on father and son

    Following a bike accident, Jimmy Jr. needed knee surgery hoping to be strong enough to play high school football. Instead he acquired MRSA…

  • CA activist Carole Moss leads effort on hospital infection bills

    Carole Moss has been a lead advocate on the effort to pass legislation requiring California hospitals to report their infection rates available to the public. The bill is named after her son, Nile, who died of MRSA, an antibiotic resistant superbug. The legislation also requires screening of patients for MRSA and isolating those that have it.

  • Survivor turned movement leader: Meet Alicia

    Alicia Cole, an actress and hospital infection survivor, last Friday launched her own initiative to finally pass an infection reporting law in California.

  • Some Hospitals Provide Rxs for Error, Dissatisfaction

    You may remember Dennis Quaid from The Parent Trap but nowadays he’s speaking out against medical errors…

  • 3 minutes of your time could save your life

    I needed an antidote. Too many drug ads—smiling people glowing with the pleasure of their successful medical treatments. But of course, they are actors.

  • CU Activists descend on Washington and hit the ground running for drug safety

    Consumers Union hosted its first-ever Activist Summit this week in which 50 activists from all over the country came to learn, meet each other and speak out for change in Washington.

  • Medicare negotiation passes House!

    The US House of Representatives yesterday voted 255-170 in favor of requiring the HHS secretary to negotiate drug prices with drug manufacturers for Medicare Part D plans…

News Articles

  • NIH reauthorization bill is a Christmas tree (21st Century Cures)

    The 21st Century Cures Act is a Christmas tree. Should the hope it gives to patient groups and researchers seeking federal support require us to overlook all that’s been lost in the bargain?

  • Deadly infections from medical scopes go unreported, raising health risks
    Source: USA Today (Thursday August 6, 2015)

    “for every duodenoscope-related illness that’s reported, countless others go uncounted, an ongoing USA TODAY investigation finds.”

  • Statistic on safety of medical scopes 'inaccurate, outdated,' researchers say
    Source: LA Times (Tuesday August 4, 2015)

    “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.”

  • A veil of secrecy shields hospitals where outbreaks occur
    Source: LA Times (Saturday April 18, 2015)

    “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.”

  • Serious infections tied to medical scopes go far beyond issues with a single device
    Source: LA Times (Monday August 3, 2015)

    “Infection experts have been warning for years in speeches and research papers that many types of endoscopes can remain dirty after cleaning — only to have their concerns mostly ignored by doctors performing the procedures.”

  • A Killer on the Loose
    Source: LA Times (Saturday August 1, 2015)

    Investigation into the CRE outbreak at UCLA underscores the need for increased scrutiny of medical devices by the FDA before approving them for use on patients.

  • Perspective: Less is More
    Source: NEJM (Tuesday July 28, 2015)

    Mary Brennen-Taylor recounts the events that led to her mother’s death, starting with medication that is potentially dangerous to older adults.

  • A Common Hospital Infection May be Coming To Us From Food
    Source: National Geographic (Saturday July 25, 2015)

    “The infection is Klebsiella pneumoniae, a stubborn gut-dwelling organism that can cause pneumonia, bloodstream infections and meningitis. The finding that it is present in food—and in some cases, practically genetically identical in food and in hospitals”

  • Are Urinary Tract Infections Being Measured Correctly? Maybe Not And $373 Million In Federal Fines May Be At Stake.
    Source: American Journal of Infection Control (Tuesday June 30, 2015)
  • Dr. Kevin Kavanagh says hospitals should act as Ky. falls on key infection ranking
    Source: Lexington Herald-Leader (Friday July 17, 2015)

    “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.”

  • The 21st Century Cures Act — Will It Take Us Back in Time?
    Source: NEJM (Wednesday June 3, 2015)

    Embedded in the language of the 21st Century Cures Act are some good ideas that could streamline the development and evaluation of new drugs and devices; its call for increased NIH funding may prove to be its most useful component. But political forces have also introduced other provisions that could lead to the approval of drugs and devices that are less safe or effective than existing criteria would permit.

  • Opinion: Don’t Weaken the F.D.A.’s Drug Approval Process
    Source: NYT (Thursday June 11, 2015)

    “The 21st Century Cures Act, which would lower standards for the approval of many medical products and potentially place patients at unnecessary risk.”

  • The 21st Century Cures Act — Will It Take Us Back in Time?
    Source: NEJM (Wednesday June 3, 2015)

    “Patients and physicians would not benefit from legislation that instead of catapulting us into the future, could actually bring back some of the problems we thought we had left behind in the 20th century.

  • Sepsis, A Wily Killer, Stymies Doctors' Efforts To Tame It
    Source: NPR (Monday May 4, 2015)

    Sepsis is “one of the most common causes of death in the hospital, killing more people than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.”

  • Reports to Feds on deadly bacteria outbreaks arrived late
    Source: USA Today (Wednesday April 15, 2015)

    This system of filing these (MDR) reports is the only thing in place that can tell us that devices are having problems, (and) … it often puts the interests of (device) manufacturers and the hospitals ahead of the public,” says Lisa McGiffert, who heads the Safe Patient Project at Consumers Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports. “It’s a pretty weak system.”

  • Texas Scientists Find Antibiotic Resistance Blowing in Wind
    Source: Texas Tribune (Sunday March 29, 2015)

    “The study may help explain how bacteria that no longer respond to antibiotics could be spreading and causing hard-to-treat infections in humans.”

  • To reduce malpractice litigation, stop making mistakes
    Source: The Hill (Monday March 16, 2015)

    A new Public Citizen report about obstetric safety in the United States concludes the U.S. “has a poor childbirth safety record, likely due in part to the failure of obstetrics practitioners to develop and adhere to standardized practices.”

  • Source: CDC Hospitals Don't Have to Tell You About Deadly Superbug Risks
    Source: Bloomberg (Friday March 6, 2015)

    “Hospitals don’t have a legal obligation to tell patients about the presence of pathogens — even antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Recent outbreaks, linked to contaminated endoscopes at UCLA and other hospitals, are bringing this policy gap to the fore.”

  • Filthy surgical instruments: The hidden threat in America's operating rooms

    How dirty medical devices expose patients to infection

  • Summary of State CRE Reporting Requirements
  • CRE superbug: Medical experts evaluate the response to and implications of outbreak
    Source: KPCC Air Talk (Thursday February 19, 2015)

    An outbreak of an antibiotic resistant bacteria (CRE) occurred at UCLA’s Ronald Reagan Medical Center infecting almost 180 patients. The culprit was a medical device, an duodenoscope which is like an endoscope and inserted in the throat.

  • Joan Rivers Lawsuit Will Focus on Informed Consent
    Source: Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare (Friday February 6, 2015)

    A good document for patients to read before signing informed consent forms.

  • Health Watch USA: Testimony on Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms and Hospital Acquired Conditions
    Source: (Wednesday November 19, 2014)

    Health Watch USA presentation before the KY House Health and Welfare Committee on dangerous multi-drug resistant bacteria (MDROs) and the need for stricter standards when treading all MDROs.

  • Medical errors in Mass. still common, study finds
    Source: Boston Globe (Tuesday December 2, 2014)

    Work done by the Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety reports that a quarter of MA residents had a medical error but many did not report the error because they didn’t think it would do any good.

  • The Politics of Patient Harm: Medical Error and the Safest Congressional Districts

    The Politics of Patient Harm: Medical Error and the Safest Congressional Districts poses the question of Congressional district safety not in regard to a representative’s political health in an election year, but in relation to the risk to physical health of constituents.

  • Dr. Kevin Kavanagh on how Ebola reveals scary gaps in U.S. health care
    Source: Lexington Herald-Leader (Sunday October 12, 2014)

    Dr. Kevin Kavanagh shares what he thinks are the most important health care lessons from the Ebola incident.

  • Presentation by Health Watch USA: The Case for MRSA Surveillance and Concerns Regarding Chlorhexidine
    Source: Health Watch USA video on YouTube (Thursday October 9, 2014)

    The following YouTube video served as a basis for the 2014 Health Watch USA presentation at the Stakeholders forum on Antimicrobial Resistance in Philadelphia, PA. The video is a quick review regarding MRSA Surveillance, Antibiotic Resistance and our concerns with Chlorhexidine.
    The YouTube URL is:
    A PDF of the slides can be downloaded from:

  • Launch of Engaged Patients Website
    Source: (Wednesday October 1, 2014)

    The Empowered Patient Coalition 501(c)(3) announces a new project at focusing on creating a grassroots social movement to inform and engage the public to participate in their health care experiences.

  • State, Feds Target El Paso Hospital Over TB Exposure
    Source: Texas Tribune (Monday September 22, 2014)

    At an El Paso hospital, more than 700 infants may have been exposed to tuberculosis, alerting state and health officials.

  • Lockport woman’s loss becomes a lesson for all in the health care industry
    Source: Buffalo News (Sunday September 7, 2014)

    Buffalo News highlights the patient safety advocacy of Mary Brennan-Taylor, a member of Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project activist network.

  • Surveys give low grades to ENH Lockport
    Source: Lockport Journal (Sunday August 17, 2014)

    Patient safety advocate Mary Brennan-Taylor (member of CU’s Safe Patient Project network) and Consumer Reports’ John Santa quoted on controversy surrounding a Lockport hospital’s poor patient safety scores by Consumer Reports.

  • Doctors fear growing hospital superbug
    Source: Courier-Journal (Tuesday August 5, 2014)

    Health Watch USA makes the news! “CRE is very dangerous. It is almost totally resistant to antibiotics,” said Dr. Kevin Kavanagh, an infection-control activist who leads the Somerset, Ky.-based watchdog group Health Watch USA.”

  • Op-ed by Kevin Kavanagh, MD: Use hospital rankings to stay out of harm's way
    Source: Lexington Herald Leader (Sunday August 10, 2014)

    Dr. Kevin Kavanagh, board chairman of Health Watch USA and member of Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project network explains how patients and consumers can make sense of various hospital rankings. For more information on KY hospital rankings, click here:

  • Maryland hospitals aren't reporting all errors and complications, experts say
    Source: Baltimore Sun (Saturday July 26, 2014)

    What information patients can find on medical errors at [Maryland] hospitals “is sorely lacking, unvalidated and without much meaning to the general public,” said Michael Bennett, who became a patient safety advocate after his 88-year-old father’s death.

  • Patients remain in danger from preventable errors
    Source: Fierce Healthcare (Friday July 18, 2014)

    “To better reduce preventable errors, the Senate should establish a National Patient Safety Board, akin to the existing National Transportation Safety Board, testified John James, Ph.D.”

  • Medical Errors Third Leading Cause of Death, Senators Told
    Source: Health Leaders (Thursday July 17, 2014)

    At senate hearing testimony from Lisa McGiffert (Consumers Union) and others about the need for better reporting of medical errors and infections.

  • MLive Media Group: Patients deserve to know rates of hospital-acquired infections
    Source: MLive (Monday June 23, 2014)

    MLive Media Group is calling on state lawmakers to require hospitals and the Department of Community Health to prominently disclose infection rates.

  • MLive hospital infection stories
    Source: MLive (Monday June 23, 2014)

    Link to MLive coverage of hospital infections in Michigan.

  • How safe is your hospital? Chance of serious complications varies widely
    Source: Dallas Morning News (Saturday June 21, 2014)

    Dallas Morning News investigation of Texas hospital complication rates.

  • Hospitals To Pay Big Fines For Infections, Avoidable Injuries
    Source: NPR (Monday June 23, 2014)

    NPR coverage of a new KHN report on Medicare’s penalty program for hospital infections and other complications. Consumers Union’s Lisa McGiffert quoted.

  • 4 Seattle hospitals could be penalized over patient care
    Source: Seattle Times (Sunday June 22, 2014)

    Some Puget Sound area hospitals may face penalties under the federal government’s toughest effort yet to crack down on infections and other patient injuries.

  • Six St. Louis area hospitals face Medicare crackdown on patient injuries
    Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Sunday June 22, 2014)

    Six St. Louis area hospitals may face penalties beginning this fall based on Medicare’s assessment of infection rates and other hospital-acquired injuries. Local hospitals react to Medicare’s penalty program for avoidable patient harm.

  • Patient Injuries: Hospitals Most Likely To Be Penalized By Medicare
    Source: Kaiser Health News (Sunday June 22, 2014)

    Kaiser Health News lists the 175 hospitals most likely to be penalized by Medicare for patient harm due to infections and other complications.

  • More Than 750 Hospitals Face Medicare Crackdown On Patient Injuries
    Source: Kaiser Health News (Sunday June 22, 2014)

    Kaiser Health News reports on an upcoming Medicare penalty program against hospitals for infections and complications. Consumers Union’s Lisa McGiffert quoted and CU story sharer Gerald Guske discusses a hospital infection experience.

  • 'I could see this look of panic in her eyes': A rare 'superbug' and dead at 23
    Source: MLive (Sunday June 22, 2014)

    MLive reports: “Joyce Lovse’s daughter Lauren died in 2012. According to records, the illness that caused Lauren’s death was traced to an infection she acquired while in a hospital facility.”

  • Invisible threats, invisible victims: What Michigan hospitals don't want you to know about infections
    Source: MLive (Sunday June 22, 2014)

    A MLive investigation found: “Michigan is the nation’s second-most populous state that does not mandate reports on health care-associated infections. Four times lawmakers rejected reforms. Thirty-one other states demand them.” Consumers Union’s Lisa McGiffert featured in the slide show “quality should not be assumed.”

  • Flesh-eating bacteria killed Maine teenager after oral surgery
    Source: Portland Press Herald (Thursday June 19, 2014)

    Maine teen dies after oral surgery from flesh eating bacteria. About one in 20 people who have oral surgery experience some sort of infection, according to a University of Washington expert.

  • Single Dose of Antibiotic Found Effective in Quelling MRSA
    Source: New York Times (Thursday June 5, 2014)

    Administering a single dose of the new antibiotic for drug resistant skin infections will be easier to insure the full dose is taken compared to taking oral antibiotics for 7-10 days. antibiotics.

  • Christian Lillis: Funding superbug research is critical
    Source: Baltimore Sun (Monday June 2, 2014)

    Christian Lillis, executive director of Peggy Lillis Memorial Foundation says more funding is needed to help scientists tackle the most dangerous superbugs, including C.diff that led to his mother’s death.

  • Health Watch USA webcast with CDC on MERS, Mutlidrug Resistant Bacteria and Antibiotic Overutilization
    Source: Health Watch USA (Tuesday May 13, 2014)

    Listen to Health Watch USA’s Kevin Kavanagh and CDC’s Arjun Srinivasan discuss MERS, Mutlidrug Resistant Bacteria and Antibiotic Overutilization.

  • Dr. Kevin Kavanagh: Overuse of antibiotics aids attacks of deadly bacteria
    Source: Lexington Herald Leader (Friday May 9, 2014)

    Dr. Kevin Kavanagh, in an May 9 op-ed for Lexington Herald Leader writes: “It is counterintuitive and tears at a basic tenet which many of us have lived by: antibiotics, that security blanket we all have enjoyed, can actually cause infections Thus, taking an antibiotic for every sore throat and cold causes a grave risk of creating antibiotic resistant bacteria, and may even cause more harm than good in the patient taking the medication. Both patients and doctors need to conserve antibiotic usage and only use them when absolutely necessary.”

  • Lawmakers think it's time to change the law on reporting hospital infections
    Source: Fox8 New Orleans (Friday April 18, 2014)

    Some lawmakers in Louisiana are interested in doing more to address hospital acquired infections in the state given the recent publicity about a hospital fungal infection outbreak in 2008-2009 that resulted in children’s deaths.

  • Mother believes her newborn was the first to die from fungus at Children's Hospital in 2008
    Source: The Times-Picayune (Wednesday April 16, 2014)

    The Times-Picayune reports: “After Cassandra Gee read a story on detailing the five children who died at Children’s Hospital in 2008 and 2009 from a fatal fungal infection passed through linens, she identified the first baby profiled as being her son, Tyrel Cayden Gee, who was born premature on July 12, 2008. She said she first noticed the sore on his groin while he was in the NICU and brought it to the attention of doctors. Three days later, she held him in her arms as he died.”

  • By the time Children's Hospital began investigating deadly fungus in 2009, three children had already died
    Source: The Times-Picayune (Wednesday April 16, 2014)

    The Times-Picayune reports: “In 2009, Children’s Hospital began investigating an outbreak of a deadly fungal infection that was being transferred to patients through hospital linens. By the time hospital officials reached out to state and federal health officials about the matter, three children had already died. It is not clear if the families of the already deceased children were ever informed of the outbreak. “

  • Children's Hospital investigated five patient deaths from deadly fungal disease in 2009
    Source: The Times-Picayune (Tuesday April 15, 2014)

    The Times-Picayune reports: “Five children died at Children’s Hospital in 2008 and 2009 after coming in contact with a deadly fungus transmitted to them through the linens they slept on, according to court records, interviews and a new report published by a pediatric medical journal.”

  • Most area hospitals receive above average scores in Consumer Reports’ safety analysis
    Source: Seattle Pi (Thursday March 27, 2014)

    Seattle Pi covers Consumer Reports’ latest release of hospital safety scores, quotes Consumers Union Activist, John James, Ph.D, and CU’s Safe Patient Project Director, Lisa McGiffert.

  • Chicago Sun Times covers Consumer Reports hospital ratings
    Source: Sun Times (Thursday March 27, 2014)

    Chicago Sun Times covers Consumer Reports’ hospital ratings that were released today.

  • 3 local hospitals get low grades from Consumer Reports
    Source: The Journal News (Thursday March 27, 2014)

    News coverage of Consumer Reports’ latest hospital safety ratings. Three local hospitals were among seven in the New York metro area that scored 30 or below on a 100-point scale.

  • Consumer Reports Releases Top Hospitals for Safety List
    Source: Medscape (Thursday March 27, 2014)

    Medscape coverage of Consumer Reports’ latest release of hospital safety scores. “The differences between high-scoring hospitals and low-scoring ones can be a matter of life and death,” says Dr. Santa, Consumer Reports.

  • Hospital ratings show sharp differences in safety, chance of dying
    Source: Reuters (Thursday March 27, 2014)

    Reuters covers the latest hospital safety ratings released today by Consumer Reports.

  • Hospital-Related Infections Hit Nearly 650,000 Patients in 2011: CDC
    Source: HealthDay (Wednesday March 26, 2014)

    “About one of every 25 U.S. hospital patients contracts an infection during their stay, and doctors can’t say for certain why half those infections occur, according to a new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

  • NPR: Fewer People Are Getting Infections In Hospitals, But Many Still Die
    Source: NPR (Wednesday March 26, 2014)

    NPR covers the new CDC report on hospital infections. “Hospital-acquired infections continue to be a big problem in health care, with 4 percent of patients getting a new infection while hospitalized, a study finds. And 11 percent of those infections turn deadly.”

  • One in 25 patients battling hospital-acquired infections: CDC
    Source: Reuters (Wednesday March 26, 2014)

    “On any given day, one in 25 hospitalized patients – 4 percent – is battling an infection picked up in a hospital or other healthcare facility, according to a new survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”

  • CDC Director: Hospital infections down but still deadly, dangerous
    Source: FoxNews (Wednesday March 26, 2014)

    CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden writes a piece for FoxNews on the dangers of hospital infections. The CDC released a progress report on hospital infections today that found some progress in reducing hospital infections but more work needs to be done. Dr. Frieden shares five patient stories on hospital infections, including stories from advocates in Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project network.

  • 1 in 3 community hospital patients get inappropriate bloodstream infection antibiotics
    Source: Fierce Healthcare (Wednesday March 19, 2014)

    “More than one in three community hospital patients treated for a bloodstream infection (BSI) get inappropriate antibiotic therapy, according to a new study published in PLoS One.”

  • C. diff in Our Kids: A Call to Action
    Source: CDC (Friday March 7, 2014)

    Guest blog post for CDC by Christian Lillis, co-founder of the NY-based patient safety organization, Peggy Lillis Foundation. Christian is a member of CU’s Safe Patient Project activist network.

  • Severe diarrheal illness in children linked to antibiotics prescribed in doctor’s offices
    Source: CDC (Friday March 7, 2014)

    “The majority of pediatric Clostridium difficile infections, which are bacterial infections that cause severe diarrhea and are potentially life-threatening, occur among children in the general community who recently took antibiotics prescribed in doctor’s offices for other conditions, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published this week in Pediatrics. “

  • Most child C. diff cases arise from outpatient treatment
    Source: Modern Healthcare (Friday March 7, 2014)

    New study in Pediatrics found that 71% of the 944 cases of Clostridium difficile, a bacterial infection that causes severe diarrhea, that occurred between January 2010 and December 2011 in children ages 17 and under were identified to have received antibiotics in a community health setting, such as a doctor’s office. By contrast, two-thirds of adult cases of C. difficile occur in an inpatient setting.

  • Dr. Kevin Kavanagh Presentation Before the Kentucky House Health & Welfare Committee on Healthcare Associated Infections & Multi-Resistant Drug Organisms
    Source: Health Watch USA (Friday March 7, 2014)

    Dr. Kevin Kavanagh Presentation Before the Kentucky House Health & Welfare Committee on Healthcare Associated Infections & Multi-Resistant Drug Organisms. Dr. Kavanagh is a member of CU’s Safe Patient Project and head of the KY-based patient safety group Health Watch USA.

  • CDC: Antibiotic Overuse Can Be Lethal
    Source: Wall Street Journal (Tuesday March 4, 2014)

    The overuse of antibiotics in U.S. hospitals is putting patients at risk and helping to fuel the creation of deadly superbugs, according to a government report released Tuesday. NY patient safety advocate and member of CU’s Safe Patient Project network, Mary Brennan-Taylor, quoted. Mary lost her mother in 2009 after she was diagnosed with multiple hospital infections.

  • Olympia man suing Veterans Administration after he contracted MRSA
    Source: The News Tribune (Sunday February 23, 2014)

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

  • Federal judge dismisses latest mesh trial in Charleston
    Source: Charleston Gazette (Tuesday February 18, 2014)

    “After a week of trial, a federal judge ruled Tuesday in favor of a company that produced pelvic mesh and dismissed the case.” In 2011, more than 2,800 reports were received about vaginal mesh complications, according to the FDA.

  • Herd Immunity: Veterans Affairs beating MRSA with simple weapons
    Source: Reporting on Health (Friday February 14, 2014)

    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.

  • 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.”

  • Action C difficile video featuring actor Stéphane E. Roy
    Source: YouTube (Wednesday January 22, 2014)

    Powerful video by a Canadian actor who lost his mother to c diff.

  • Presentation by Kevin Kavanagh before the Kentucky House Health & Welfare Committee: Public Reporting of Healthcare Associated Infections
    Source: Health Watch USA (Friday January 10, 2014)

    Link to the testimony video and PowerPoint Slides from Kevin Kavanagh’s presentation on hospital acquired infections and multi-drug resistant organisms to the Kentucky House Health and Welfare Cmt. Jan. 9, 2014.

  • Superbug Sickens Dozens in Illinois
    Source: The Scientist (Thursday January 9, 2014)

    Nearly 50 people in the Chicago area have been infected by carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), a bacterium that is highly resistant to treatment, and one the agency last year deemed an urgent threat to public health. Most of them were patients who underwent endoscopic procedures involving the pancreas or bile ducts at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL, between January and September 2013.

  • Information about Rhode Island ICU Collaborative
    Source: Healthcentric Advisors (Tuesday January 7, 2014)

    “The collaborative aims to improve patient safety and clinical outcomes for adult intensive care unit (ICU) patients in the state, through the development of a unit-based patient safety program and the implementation of proven evidenced-based practices, leading to a reduction in ICU length of stay, complications and associated costs.” Latest outcomes available here:

  • Study Shows Healthcare Workers' Hands Contaminated with C. difficile After Routine Care
    Source: Infection Control Today (Tuesday December 17, 2013)

    “A new study finds nearly 1 in 4 healthcare workers’ hands were contaminated with Clostridium difficile spores after routine care of patients infected with the bacteria. “

  • Patient Harm: When An Attorney Won’t Take Your Case
    Source: ProPublica (Monday January 6, 2014)

    ProPublica reports on an Emory study that found three out of four medical malpractice attorneys reject more than 90 percent of the cases they screen. Most harmed patients get no legal representation, primarily for economic reasons (i.e. the patients don’t make enough money).

  • MRSA Infection Rates Drop in Veterans Affairs Long-Term Care Facilities
    Source: Infection Control Today (Monday January 6, 2014)

    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.

  • Deadly MRSA bacteria expands its reach in Kentucky, U.S.
    Source: Courier Journal (Wednesday December 18, 2013)

    “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.”

  • Superbugs stalk Hub hospitals
    Source: Boston Herald (Tuesday December 31, 2014)

    Boston Herald reports: “The federal government’s first release of data detailing the spread of deadly, antibiotic-resistant superbugs shows that even in and around Boston’s health-care mecca, hospitals are lagging dangerously, with hundreds of Bay State patients being infected in just the first quarter of 2013.”

  • 'Nightmare Bacteria' Has Spread To 46 States In Just 12 Years
    Source: Business Insider (Tuesday December 31, 2014)

    The CDC has released a map of the growing threat of antibiotic-resistant CRE infections across the US. According to the CDC, deadly “nightmare bacteria” (Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE)) has spread to 46 states in just 12 years.

  • When Bacteria Can No Longer Be Stopped
    Source: New York Times (Sunday December 29, 2013)

    Read the experts discuss solutions to antibiotic resistance from creating new antibiotics to reducing the over-prescribing of antibiotics.

  • How To Stay Safe During Your Next Hospital Visit
    Source: KUOW Seattle NPR (Monday December 9, 2013)

    Interview with manager of Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project, Lisa McGiffert, on hospital Safety.

  • How Safe is Your Hospital in Washington
    Source: (Thursday January 23, 2014)

    Local NPR station in Seattle has posted an interactive maps, tables and charts of hospital performance measures.

  • CMS release: Public gets early snapshot of MRSA and C. difficile infections in individual hospitals
    Source: CMS (Thursday December 12, 2013)

    “New data posted today and gathered through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) gives patients a first look at how their local hospitals are doing at preventing Clostridium difficile infections (deadly diarrhea) and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bloodstream infections.”

  • Hospital-Acquired Infections Decreased in Calif. Hospitals, Data Show
    Source: California Healthline (Thursday December 5, 2013)

    “The number of hospital-acquired infections reported at California health care facilities dropped slightly from 2011 to 2012, according to data released by the California Department of Public Health, Payers & Providers reports.”

  • Free Android Empowered Patient app on Google Play
    Source: Julia Hallisy (Wednesday December 4, 2013)

    The Empowered Patient app has created a free phone app to assist patients, family members, and caregivers from diagnosis to discharge and beyond. The app offers practical information and action steps to help patients and caregivers navigate the often challenging and confusing world of health care and to help patients stay safe during their medical treatment.

  • Free Empowered Patient app on iTunes
    Source: Julia Hallisy (Wednesday December 4, 2013)

    The Empowered Patient app has created a free phone app to assist patients, family members, and caregivers from diagnosis to discharge and beyond. The app offers practical information and action steps to help patients and caregivers navigate the often challenging and confusing world of health care and to help patients stay safe during their medical treatment.

  • Carole Moss on Huffington Post Live: How To Stop Hospitals From Killing Us
    Source: Huffington Post Live (Tuesday December 3, 2013)

    Hear CA advocate Carole Moss, who founded Nile’s Project, discuss “how to stop hospitals from killing us.”

  • More on the antibiotic crisis: Could our government possibly screw up worse than this?
    Source: ACSH (Thursday November 14, 2013)

    Post by American Council on Science and Health regarding Kevin Kavanagh’s study on MRSA rates in US hospitals and the lack of necessary hospital procedures to control its spread.

  • Should Hospital Ratings Be Embraced — or Despised?
    Source: ProPublica (Monday October 28, 2013)

    “Editor’s Note: As we reported last month, preventable harm in hospitals is now the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. That makes it more important than ever to know if your hospital is doing a good job. But can patients trust the many web sites that rate hospitals? ProPublica’s Charles Ornstein compiled the post below to help journalists interpret the ratings, but the advice is just as critical for health care consumers. The bottom line: Use the ratings with caution.”

  • Article by Kathy Day: EMMC can’t bring back Heather Nichols, but it can do right by her family
    Source: Bangor Daily News (Friday November 1, 2013)

    Patient safety advocate Kathy Day discusses the tragic death of a woman who died shortly after giving birth in a Maine hospital.

  • Brochure: Conference For Healthcare Transparency & Patient Advocacy (Nov. 1, 2013 Four-Points Sheraton, Lexington, KY)
    Source: Health Watch USA (Friday October 18, 2013)

    Kentucky-based Health Watch USA will hold a “Conference For Healthcare Transparency & Patient Advocacy” in Lexington, KY featuring patient safety experts and advocates. For more info and registration, go here:

  • Conference For Healthcare Transparency & Patient Advocacy
    Source: Health Watch USA (Friday October 18, 2013)

    Kentucky-based Health Watch USA will hold a “Conference For Healthcare Transparency & Patient Advocacy” in Lexington, KY featuring patient safety experts and advocates. For more info and registration, go here:

    Conference brochure here:

  • Article by Christian Lillis: Slaughter doing her part to fight superbugs
    Source: Democrat and Chronicle (Sunday September 29, 2013)

    Christian Lillis of NY, who lost his mother to C.diff infection and formed the Peggy Lillis Memorial Foundation, says that Rep. Louise Slaughter is a leader in fighting antibiotic resistant superbugs. C.diff is a potentially deadly infection that kills thousands of Americans every year. Luckily the infection is preventable through handwashing and better use of antibiotics.

  • Oregon health officials tackle complacency over antibiotic misuse, amid dire warnings
    Source: The Oregonian (Friday October 11, 2013)

    Oregon health officials are spreading the word to health care facilities and schools to stop antibiotic overuse – an OR survey showed that only half of the state’s hospitals appear to have full-blown stewardship programs to rein in the use of antibiotics.

  • Why Hospitals Want Patients to Ask Doctors, 'Have You Washed Your Hands?'
    Source: Wall Street Journal (Monday September 30, 2013)

    “Most patients wouldn’t dare to ask their doctor to wash his or her hands. But with growing concerns about antibiotic-resistant germs, it’s more critical than ever. WSJ’s Laura Landro and Premier Safety Institute Vice President Gina Pugliese explain.”

  • Herd Immunity: Study Shows ICU Gown, Glove Use Can Cut MRSA Rates by 40%
    Source: Reporting on Health (Friday October 11, 2013)

    “Wearing gloves and gowns in health care settings lower infection rates, a new study shows. But, wait. Wearing gloves and gowns doesn’t lower infection rates. That’s from the same study.” – Bill Heisel

  • Looking For D.C.'s Best Hospitals? Here’s A Little Advice
    Source: Kaiser Health News (Friday October 11, 2013)

    Confused by all the different hospital ratings out there? Here’s some information you may want to consider before you put meaning to a hospital rating. Some of the raters charge licensing fees to hospitals that want to advertise their awards, and some raters provide consulting services to hospitals.

  • Peggy Lillis Foundation Keeps Roots in Park Slope
    Source: ParkSlopePatch (Friday September 20, 2013)

    The Park Slope Patch featured the Peggy Lillis Memorial Foundation, formed by Christian Lillis of New York after the death of his mother from C.diff, a potentially deadly healthcare infection. Christian is a member of CU’s Safe Patient Project network.

  • KDHE releases statistics on Kansas hospital-acquired infections
    Source: The Wichita Eagle (Monday October 7, 2013)

    The Kansas Dept of Health and Environment released statistics for the first time on hospital infections at Kansas hospitals. This report is not hospital specific; to look up your hospital’s infection record, go to

  • Doctors create 'poop pills' that transfer feces from healthy people into guts of patients with infections
    Source: Daily Mail (Thursday October 3, 2013)

    “Doctors have found a way of putting healthy people’s poop into pills to cure serious gut infections – a less invasive way of carrying out ‘fecal transplants’.”

  • Readmission Rate 13% After Major Surgery
    Source: MedPage Today (Wednesday September 18, 2013)

    Study: About 13% of patients can expect to be readmitted within 30 days of discharge following major surgery.

  • How Many Die From Medical Mistakes in U.S. Hospitals?
    Source: ProPublica (Thursday September 19, 2013)

    An updated estimate says at least 210,000 patients die from medical mistakes in U.S. hospitals a year. ProPublica features study by patient safety advocate, John T. James, PhD.

  • Kathy Day, RN, Receives 2013 Patient Safety Academy Rising Tide Award
    Source: Maine Quality Counts (Tuesday September 17, 2013)

    Kathy Day, RN, patient activist and advocate, received the 2013 Patient Safety Academy’s “Rising Tide Award” for her contributions in patient safety. Kathy is a member of Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project network.

  • Improper use of antibiotics kills thousands and harms millions every year, CDC says
    Source: Consumer Reports (Monday September 16, 2013)

    In response to the growing crisis, Consumer Reports has begun or is in participating in several initiatives that aim to rein in antibiotic overuse in health care and on farms.

  • Video: CDC to release new report on antibiotic resistance
    Source: FoxNews (Sunday September 15, 2013)

    CDC study looks at threat posed by resistant germs

  • C. Diff Rates Doubled in Decade
    Source: MedPage Today (Wednesday September 11, 2013)

    Researcher: The rate of Clostridium difficile infections in U.S. hospitals nearly doubled in the decade between 2001 and 2010

  • Hospital-acquired infections cost U.S. $10 billion annually
    Source: Sacramento Bee (Wednesday September 11, 2013)

    A study reported in the JAMA Internal Medicine Journal tallied up a cost of $10 billion a year for U.S. hospital-acquired infections.

  • Study Estimates Costs of Health Care-Associated Infections
    Source: JAMA (Monday September 2, 2013)

    JAMA study finds that hospital infections cost $9.8 billion each year, with surgical site infections contributing the most to overall costs.

  • Kathy Day's blog post about a young mother who died from Necrotizing Faciitis after giving birth
    Source: McCleary MRSA Prevention (Monday September 2, 2013)

    Kathy Day, patient safety advocate from Maine, blogs about the devastating loss of a young mother from Maine who died soon after giving birth to her daughter. The woman had caught flesh eating disease or Necrotizing Faciitis. Kathy, Maine Quality Forum Healthcare Associated Infections consumer member, has questions about this young woman’s death that are similar to when her own father died of MRSA in a Maine hospital.

  • NH collects more data on hospital infections
    Source: Boston Globe (Sunday August 18, 2013)

    A new report shows that 198 patients acquired new infections while being treated at New Hampshire hospitals last year. You can find the NH healthcare-associated infection reports here:

  • NH DHHS: Fourth Annual Hospital And First Ambulatory Surgery Center Healthcare-Associated Infections Reports Released
    Source: New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (Thursday August 15, 2013)

    The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services released the 2012 hospital infection report and the 2012 ambulatory surgery center report based on data from the 31 hospitals and 27 ambulatory surgery centers in the State. The reports, mandated by law, look at the rates of specific healthcare acquired infections. For hospitals, central line–associated bloodstream infections, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, and surgical site infections following heart, colon, abdominal hysterectomy, and knee surgeries are reported. For ambulatory surgical centers, surgical site infections following breast, hernia, and open reduction of fracture procedures are reported.

  • Patient story: Dexter family turns loss into activism
    Source: Peggy Foundation (Sunday July 7, 2013)

    The Dexter family shares their story of losing the “matriarch” of their family to a ravaging C.diff infection.

  • Surgeon accuses St. Albans hospital of deliberately infecting his patients
    Source: VTDigger (Monday August 12, 2013)

    Surgeon accuses hospital of deliberately infecting his parents.

  • Bangor man warns of rare flesh-eating infection that killed his wife days after childbirth
    Source: Bangor Daily News (Wednesday August 14, 2013)

    Young mother dies from an infection days after giving birth.

  • Ky. voices: Disclosure key to curbing medical errors; UK board should demand it
    Source: Lexington Herald-Leader (Sunday August 11, 2013)

    Health Watch USA Director Kevin Kavanagh, member of Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Network, writes an op-ed on Kentucky patient harm. He writes: “The non-disclosure of problems and adverse events at UK hospital would be comparable to UK not providing basketball scores for badly played and lost games…”

  • Forbes article on sepsis deaths and harm
    Source: Forbes (Thursday August 8, 2013)

    Forbes article on the devastating toll of sepsis and the need for hospitals to adopt simple measures to detect sepsis before it kills a patient.

  • Initiative reduces hospital-acquired infections, savings lives and money
    Source: KPCC (Monday August 5, 2013)

    A three-year effort to reduce hospital-acquired infections has prevented more than 3,500 patient deaths and saved more than $60 million dollars, according to a report released Monday by the statewide collaborative Patient Safety First.

  • Report on CA Patient Safety First initiative to reduce medical errors
    Source: CA Patient Safety First (Thursday August 1, 2013)

    To address the critical issue of patient safety in hospitals, five key industry stakeholders came together in 2010 to develop and implement Patient Safety First…a California Partnership for Health (PSF).

  • Best Practices For Avoiding Joint Replacement Infections
    Source: CBS Philly (Friday August 2, 2013)

    CBS Philly reports: “International experts meeting in Philadelphia have just written a set of guidelines for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of infections encountered during joint replacement surgery.”

  • A New, Evidence-based Estimate of Patient Harms Associated with Hospital Care
    Source: Journal of Patient Safety (Monday July 15, 2013)

    Consumers Union Safe Patient Project member, John T. James PhD, has published an article in the Journal of Patient Safety that delivers a new estimate of patient harms associated with hospital care.

  • Maternal Infection Rates Vary Considerably Among Hospitals
    Source: Doctors Lounge (Friday July 26, 2013)

    June American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology Study: 4.1 percent of deliveries were complicated by infection.

  • Drs. Yanling Yu and Rex Johnson share their family's medical harm story with University of Washington
    Source: University of Washington (Sunday June 30, 2013)

    Washington Advocates for Patient Safety members, Yanling Yu and Rex Johnson, shared their family’s medical harm story with a University of Washington panel of over 100 future health professionals so they could learn how to keep patients safe through patient-centered care and shared-decision making.

  • Tests for 30 patients at Aurora Sinai are negative for superbug
    Source: Journal Sentinel (Friday July 19, 2013)

    The Journal Sentinel reports that test results have come back negative for all 30 patients on the same floor at Aurora Sinai Medical Center as a patient in isolation with a CRE infection.

  • Aurora Sinai patient has 'nightmare bacteria' infection
    Source: Journal Sentinel (Monday July 15, 2013)

    The Journal Sentinel reports on a Aurora Sinai Medical Center patient confirmed to have a CRE infection. According to hospital official Bruce Van Cleave, 18 people have been infected with CRE in Wisconsin within the past year, and that this was not the first case seen at an Aurora facility.

  • Patients died amid federal, state regulatory inaction
    Source: Dallas Morning News (Saturday July 13, 2013)

    The Dallas Morning News investigates patient safety and allegations of lax supervision of doctors in training at the public institutions.

  • Hospital Errors and Patient Safety Issues
    Source: Guardian Express (Tuesday July 9, 2013)

    Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project director Lisa McGiffert quoted in Guardian Express about the lack of data on hospital errors.

  • Op-ed by Kevin Kavanagh: Ky. Voices: Better monitoring needed in a post-antibiotic era
    Source: Lexington Herald-Leader (Thursday July 11, 2013)

    Op-ed co-written by Kevin Kavanagh. Dr. Kevin T. Kavanagh of Somerset is a physician and board director of Health Watch USA. He writes: “Mandatory reporting of bacteria that are developing resistance is needed to determine how effectively they are being controlled and where they are coming from.”

  • Superbug poses danger in hospitals
    Source: CBS News (Friday July 5, 2013)

    Consumers Union story sharer Barbara Thom interviewed by CBS Evening news about a hospital infection that nearly cost her her life.

  • Hospitals reward CEOs for profit over quality care
    Source: Seattle Times (Saturday June 29, 2013)

    “As public and private budget pressures prompt sharper questions about how the system got so bloated, here is one answer: Hospital CEOs are paid to make it that way.”

  • Clostridium difficile Leaves the Hospital—What's Next?
    Source: New England Journal of Medicine (Monday June 17, 2013)

    NEJM study suggests that community acquired c. difficile comes from health care settings.

  • With Money at Risk, Hospitals Push Staff to Wash Hands
    Source: New York Times (Saturday June 29, 2013)

    NYT reports on hospitals’ efforts to enforce health care worker handwashing.

  • Pressure Grows to Create Drugs for ‘Superbugs’
    Source: New York Times (Sunday June 2, 2013)

    NYT’s Barry Meier writes: “Government officials, drug companies and medical experts, faced with outbreaks of antibiotic-resistant “superbugs,” are pushing to speed up the approval of new antibiotics, a move that is raising safety concerns among some critics.”

  • Three out of 20 endoscopes used to examine GI tracts and colons improperly cleaned
    Source: APIC (Friday June 7, 2013)

    “Three out of 20 flexible gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopes used for screening were found to harbor unacceptable levels of “bio dirt” – cells and matter from a patient’s body that could pose potential infection risk — according to a study of endoscopes used at five hospitals across the U.S.”

  • CDC: MRSA study slashes deadly infections in sickest hospital patients
    Source: CDC (Wednesday May 29, 2013)

    Bloodstream infections cut by more than 40 percent in study of over 74,000 patients using germ-killing soap and ointment on all ICU patients. This HHS-funded study (REDUCE MRSA trial) was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

  • With Money at Risk, Hospitals Push Staff to Wash Hands
    Source: NYT (Tuesday May 28, 2013)

    US hospitals still need to monitor health care workers hand washing compliance.

  • Fecal Transplant: FDA Wants Regulation
    Source: Medpage Today (Wednesday May 15, 2013)

    Fecal transplants have been successful in the treatment of the antibiotic resistant bacteria C-difficile. Should the FDA be regulating this as a biologic?

  • Lowering Costs and Improving Care in Medicare: Promising Approaches
    Source: AARP (Tuesday May 7, 2013)

    The Public Policy Institute brought together leading experts to discuss promising approaches to improving care and lowering Medicare costs. Panel included Lisa McGiffert, Director, Safe Patient Project, Consumers Union

  • Hospitals can reap big profits from central line infections
    Source: Fierce Healthcare (Thursday May 23, 2013)

    A Johns Hopkins University research study of patients who contracted central line blood stream infections in the ICU and found that the hospitals were paid nearly 9 times the amount of what they would have been paid had the infection not occurred.

  • Ky. Voices: Tough diagnosis: hospital rankings (Op-ed by Kevin Kavanagh)
    Source: Lexington Herald-Leader (Sunday May 12, 2013)

    Op-ed by Safe Patient Project network member, Kevin Kavanagh in Lexington Herald-Leader. Consumers deserve good data, reports.

  • Bessemer dialysis center shut down after patient deaths previously cited for infection-control problems
    Source: (Saturday May 18, 2013)

    “A dialysis center shut down here recently after the infection-related deaths of two patients was cited in a report about a year ago by the state health department for multiple infection-control deficiencies that included a case where a patient was hospitalized.”

  • Law to keep hospitals reporting infections
    Source: Seattle Times (Tuesday May 21, 2013)

    “Hospitals must continue reporting infections from hip- and knee-replacement procedures and cardiac surgery, Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday, despite opposition by hospitals and state health officials.”

  • Gov. Inslee rebuffs state hospitals, signs all of infection-reporting bill’s elements
    Source: News Tribune (Tuesday May 21, 2013)

    “Gov. Jay Inslee rejected pressure from the Washington State Hospital Association and signed a bill into law Tuesday that requires much broader reporting of patient infections that happen during care in hospitals.” Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project Director, Lisa McGiffert, quoted.

  • Hospitals fight to limit reports on infections
    Source: The News Tribune (Tuesday May 21, 2013)

    “Consumers Union and the Washington State Hospital Association are still tangling over legislation approved unanimously by the Legislature to require more reporting by hospitals when patients develop infections during care.”

  • Fecal Transplant: FDA Wants Regulation
    Source: MedPage Today (Wednesday May 15, 2013)

    MedPage Today reports: “Researchers who have been reporting success with the use of fecal transplant to treat resistant C. difficile are likely to need an OK from the the FDA to continue that treatment.”

  • Targeted screening can reduce spread of C. diff infection
    Source: Fierce Healthcare (Friday May 3, 2013)

    New study published in the May issue of American Journal of Infection Control finds testing patients with 3 risk factors when they’re admitted could help hospitals reduce spread of C.diff infection.

  • Deadly CRE Infection Spreading Fast in Hospitals
    Source: Health Leaders Media (Thursday May 2, 2013)

    Arjun Srinivasan, MD, Associate Director for Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention Programs for the CDC responds to questions about CRE, a deadly antibiotic-resistant infection which has been detected in hospitals in 42 states.

  • N.J. hospitals credit Obamacare for drop in infections
    Source: The Inquirer (Thursday May 2, 2013)

    “New Jersey hospitals are celebrating major drops last year in hospital infections and other preventable problems, crediting a federally funded initiative that’s part of the Affordable Care Act.”

  • The revulsion about feces: Get over it
    Source: KevinMD (Thursday May 2, 2013)

    Guest blog post about C.diff and feces on KevinMD by Christian Lillis, co-founder of the Peggy Lillis Memorial Foundation, and member of Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project network.

  • AP reports on hospital superbugs and cleaning efforts - advocate Christian Lillis quoted
    Source: Associated Press (Monday April 29, 2013)

    AP reports on hospital superbugs and cleaning efforts. Christian Lillis, member of CU’s Safe Patient Project, is quoted in the article. Christian started the Peggy Lillis Memorial Foundation after the death of his mother from C.diff.

  • Listen: Dr. Arjun Srinivasan from the CDC and Dr. Kevin Kavanagh from HW USA discuss healthcare acquired infections
    Source: Health Watch USA (Thursday April 25, 2013)

    link to Dr Arjun Srinivasan’s radio presentation April 23, 2013 on 590 AM WVLK

  • Missouri Senate Committee Passes Bill to Toughen Reporting on Hospital Infections
    Source: St. Louis CBS (Wednesday April 17, 2013)

    In part, the bill would require a quicker turn-around by Department of Health releasing infection data reported by hospitals.

  • CRE: Mandatory reporting of 'superbug' sought
    Source: Courier Journal (Friday April 12, 2013)

    A state legislator from Louisville and the leader of a national watchdog group (Dr. Kevin Kavanagh of Health Watch USA) are calling for a new rule that hospitals report all CRE “superbug” cases to the state — a measure they say would better control the potentially deadly bacteria.

  • Kindred had 40 CRE cases
    Source: Courier Journal (Tuesday April 16, 2013)

    The Kentucky Department for Public Health and Kindred Healthcare are investigating the presence of CRE superbugs in about 40 patients since July at Kindred Hospital Louisville, a transitional-care hospital where patients often stay for weeks.

  • Medical Bed Mattresses: FDA Safety Communication - Damaged or Worn Covers Pose Risk of Contamination and Infection
    Source: FDA (Friday April 19, 2013)

    From January 2011 to January 2013, the FDA received 458 reports associated with medical bed mattress covers failing to prevent blood and body fluids from leaking into the mattress (fluid ingress). Fluid ingress may occur if mattress covers become worn or damaged from small holes or rips in the fabric or from incorrect cleaning, disinfecting and laundering procedures. The zipper on the cover may also allow fluid to penetrate the mattress. Some reports indicate that if blood and body fluids from one patient penetrate a mattress, they can later leak out from the mattress when another patient is placed on the bed. Patients are at risk for infection if they come into contact with blood and body fluids from other patients.

  • New York Times Well Blog: Safer Hospital Rooms
    Source: New York Times (Monday April 15, 2013)

    Over a 21-month period at a Cleveland hospital, researchers sequentially imposed three cleaning techniques: fluorescent markers whose disappearance after cleaning provided feedback on thoroughness, an ultraviolet radiation device to enhance regular cleaning, and a daily disinfection team requiring assessment and clearance of disinfected rooms by supervisory staff. The entire study is available to the public at

  • Drug pipeline for worst superbugs "on life support": report
    Source: Reuters (Thursday April 18, 2013)

    Researchers found a total of seven drugs in development and being tested in people with drug-resistant, gram-negative infections. “Simply put, the antibiotic pipeline is on life support and novel solutions are required to resuscitate it – now,” IDSA President Dr. David Relman said in a statement.

  • Oklahoma's Dental Law Lacking Enforcement Clout
    Source: News9 (Sunday April 7, 2013)

    Following allegations that a Tulsa-area oral surgeon potentially exposed at least 7,000 patients to hepatitis or the virus that causes AIDS – the head of the Oklahoma Dentistry Board says the agency has just three inspectors to watch over the state’s 2,200 dentists.

  • Daughter shares mother's C.diff story: Teresa Mustain
    Source: Peggy Foundation (Wednesday March 13, 2013)

    Daughter shares her mother’s tragic story about C.diff.

  • C. Diff Dangerous in ESRD
    Source: MedPage Today (Thursday April 4, 2013)

    Patients on kidney dialysis who are infected with Clostridium difficile appeared to have a greater risk of infection relapse and also appeared to have a higher all-cause mortality that patients who do not have kidney disease, researchers said here.

  • When Harm in the Hospital Follows You Home
    Source: ProPublica (Thursday March 21, 2013)

    ProPublica Q&A with a professor who specializes in the aftermath of medical harm to patients.

  • Discussion: How to Improve Accountability in Medicine?
    Source: ProPublica (Monday April 1, 2013)

    Consumers Union Safe Patient Project Director, Lisa McGiffert, participated in a live chat on how to increase accountability in medicine. You can read the chat transcript here.

  • MRSA Exposure Prompts Courtroom Closing & Sanitizing
    Source: San Diego 6 (Tuesday April 2, 2013)

    MRSA shuts down courtroom

  • Anaheim General to close in May
    Source: OC Register (Tuesday March 26, 2013)

    The decision comes after years of patient safety violations and financial struggles that were followed by an unexpected recovery for the hospital.

  • Deadly bacteria hitting Louisville hospitals, long-term care facilities
    Source: Courier Journal (Saturday March 23, 2013)

    Antibiotic-resistant CRE blamed in 1 death locally. Health Watch USA’s Kevin Kavanagh quoted.

  • Why Are Hospital Ratings All Over the Map?
    Source: Kaiser Health News (Monday March 18, 2013)

    Jordan Rau (Kaiser Health News) reports on hospital ratings, mentions Consumer Reports

  • State does not require 'superbug' to be reported
    Source: WZZM (Thursday March 7, 2013)

    WZZM discovered the state of Michigan does not have hospital reporting requirements for this potentially deadly CRE infection once it’s found in a hospital or long term care facility.

  • Drug-resistant staph infections increasing at a slower pace
    Source: Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (Thursday February 28, 2013)

    The growth of MRSA-related hospitalizations was stagnant between 2005 and 2009; Community-associated infections peak in the summer, likely due to seasonal antibiotic overuse.

  • A Revenue Leak Soon Turns to Flood: How Payment Penalties for High Infection Rates Could Drain Hospital Finances
    Source: Becker's Hospital Review (Friday March 15, 2013)

    Hospitals are losing money by not acting to reduce their hospital-acquired infections.

  • GCN radio interview with Michael Bennett, patient safety advocate
    Source: GCN Live (Monday February 25, 2013)

    GCN live interviews Michael Bennett, patient safety advocate in Maryland, about issues relating to MRSA and other hospital infections.

  • Kerry O'Connell: Emotional Cohorting
    Source: Patient Safety Insight (Tuesday February 19, 2013)

    Patient safety advocate Kerry O’Connell writes for National Patient Safety Foundation: “Some of the strongest human bonds on earth are between unrelated people who happen to share in a disaster. Consider what it would take in your facility to bring together patients who have experienced similar diseases or outcomes.”

  • Advocacy group wants infection-data law left alone
    Source: The News Tribune (Sunday February 24, 2013)

    News Tribune: “Six years after a landmark state law forced Washington hospitals to publicly report the rates at which their patients were catching serious infections while in care, Washington lawmakers are tinkering with the law. And that worries a major consumer advocacy group, Consumers Union.”

  • Study By VA Doctors Sheds Light On MRSA Prevention
    Source: WRIC (Wednesday February 6, 2013)

    New study published in New England Journal of Medicine found that baby wipes containing a chemical called Chlorhexidine reduced MRSA cases by 23 percent and blood infections by 28 percent while patients are in the hospital.

  • Op-ed by Betsy McCaughey in WSJ: When Hospitals Become Killers
    Source: Wall Street Journal (Wednesday January 30, 2013)

    Op-ed by Betsy McCaughey in Wall Street Journal on carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella (CRK) germs in hospitals that caused an outbreak at the National Institutes of Health Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. McCaughey argues for the CDC to make CRK a reportable disease like AIDS.

  • CBS Video: "Superbugs" becoming harder to fight
    Source: CBS News (Sunday January 27, 2013)

    “Superbugs becoming harder to fight. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria can kill patients, especially those too weak to fight back. One expert believes that unless we combat these new organisms we are close to returning to pre-antibiotic era mortality rates. Serena Altschul reports.”

  • Superbugs: A ticking time bomb
    Source: CBS News (Sunday January 27, 2013)

    “Can anything stop the superbugs that are making people sick and seem to defy the tools of medical science? Researchers are working on the problem, but to no avail so far. That’s the subject of our Cover Story, reported by Serena Altschul.”

  • The president should make medical errors a priority -- to save both lives and money
    Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Monday January 28, 2013)

    Letter to the editor on reporting medical errors by Paul H. O’Neill, secretary of the Treasury under President George W. Bush and is a former CEO of Alcoa Inc.

  • 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.

  • NYT Letter to the Editor by Christian Lillis: Intestinal Infection
    Source: New York Times (Sunday January 27, 2013)

    The letter is in response to the paper’s recent article on fecal transplants, which stated that 14,000 people die from C. diff every year. According to HHS, deaths from C. diff are more than double that.

  • How To Tell and Share Your Patient Story about Bad Medical Care
    Source: Patient Empowerment (Friday January 25, 2013)

    Trisha Torrey gives advice on how and where to share your medical harm story.

  • When Pills Fail, This, er, Option Provides a Cure
    Source: New York Times (Wednesday January 16, 2013)

    NYT on New England Journal of Medicine study on fecal transplants: such transplants cured 15 of 16 people who had recurring infections with Clostridium difficile bacteria, whereas antibiotics cured only 3 of 13 and 4 of 13 patients in two comparison groups. The treatment appears to work by restoring the gut’s normal balance of bacteria, which fight off C. difficile.

  • Father's Death Spurs Son To Tackle Health Care
    Source: NPR (Friday January 11, 2013)

    NPR story with David Goldhill, who wrote “How American Health Care Killed My Father—and How We Can Fix It.”

  • Faecal bacteria cocktail treats superbug infection
    Source: New Scientist (Tuesday January 1, 2013)

    Feeding faeces to people with chronic infection can cure them, but who wants to eat poo? A synthetic alternative could provide a more palatable option.

  • Cuomo Plans New Rules in Fight Against Sepsis
    Source: New York Times (Monday January 7, 2013)

    NYT reports: “Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will announce in his State of the State Message this week that every hospital in New York must adopt aggressive procedures for identifying sepsis in patients, including the use of a countdown clock to begin treatment within an hour of spotting it, a state official said.”

  • Cute science: Pandas can help fight superbugs
    Source: Salon (Tuesday January 8, 2013)

    In the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, scientists have an unexpected new ally: The giant panda

  • Hospital patient sues over infection
    Source: Durand Daily Journal (Monday December 24, 2012)

    CA patient sues hospital for malpractice and negligence after contracting C.diff

  • Why Patients Don’t Report Medical Errors
    Source: ProPublica (Tuesday September 25, 2012)

    ProPublica’s Marshall Allen writes: “Many of the people who suffer harm while undergoing medical care do not file formal complaints with regulators. The reasons are numerous: They’re often traumatized, disabled, unaware they’ve been a victim of a medical error or don’t understand the bureaucracy.”

  • Op-ed: The culture of health-care secrecy harms patients
    Source: Seattle Times (Wednesday December 26, 2012)

    A former nurse writes about the inside knowledge she had about a doctors and other nurses concerning their performance history, including medical errors. But patients don’t have access to that same information.

  • New MRSA superbug strain found in UK milk supply
    Source: The Independent (Wednesday December 26, 2012)

    Research reveals that antibiotic-resistant organisms are gaining a hold on dairy industry

  • Medicare Lists Hospital Quality Bonuses
    Source: Medpage Today (Saturday December 22, 2012)

    “The revised payments, which will begin in January, mark the federal government’s most extensive effort yet to hold hospitals financially accountable for what happens to patients.”

  • Scientists halt deadly MRSA outbreak by cracking genetic code and tracking down carrier in breakthrough that could save hundreds of lives each year
    Source: Daily Mail (Wednesday November 14, 2012)

    Cambridge scientists used the technology to identify a member of staff unwittingly spreading the infection. By identifying the bacterial strains, experts were able to halt the infection.

  • Cause Of The Global Epidemic Of Clostridium Difficle Identified
    Source: Medical News Today (Monday December 10, 2012)

    Study: New research reveals that there were two different strains of bacterium that caused the global epidemic of Clostridium difficile between 2002 and 2006, not just one.

  • Op-ed: Let’s Gang Up on Killer Bugs
    Source: New York Times (Sunday December 9, 2012)

    Carl F. Nathan for New York Times writes: “I hope you never have this experience: a loved one is hospitalized. Her doctors tell you her infection is resistant to antibiotics. She dies. More than 60,000 American families go through that experience each year — and the number is almost certain to rise.”

  • Bugs Without Borders: Researchers Track Emergence Global Spread of Clostridium difficile
    Source: Infection Control Today (Monday December 10, 2012)

    ICT: Researchers show that the global epidemic of Clostridium difficile 027/NAP1/BI in the early to mid-2000s was caused by the spread of two different but highly related strains of the bacterium rather than one as was previously thought. The spread and persistence of both epidemics were driven by the acquisition of resistance to a frontline antibiotic.

  • Surgeon infected patients during heart procedure, Cedars-Sinai admits
    Source: Los Angeles Times (Saturday December 8, 2012)

    The hospital says five people were accidentally infected when tears in surgical gloves allowed bacteria on the doctor’s hands to pass into patient’s hearts. Four patients needed second operations.

  • Antiseptics Used To Prevent Health Care Infections Might Cause Them. Oops.
    Source: Wired (Friday December 7, 2012)

    Maryn McKenna: Antiseptics meant to prevent infections are causing them; FDA hearing next week

  • My mom passed away this morning
    Source: Dag Blog (Thursday December 6, 2012)

    Mother dies from a hospital-acquired C.diff infection.

  • Man who had arms, legs amputated sues Sutter Health
    Source: Sacramento Bee (Friday November 16, 2012)

    Story of a man who had his hands and legs amputated because of a MSSA infection (a “cousin of MRSA”) that he says the hospital failed to diagnose and treat properly, even though his son had been treated for a similar infection at the hospital weeks earlier.

  • UCLA Medical Center gets failing grade on patient safety
    Source: LA Times (Wednesday November 28, 2012)

    Leapfrog’s national report on patient safety gives Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center an “F.” Leapfrog is national organization that scores hospital safety.

  • Deadly 'superbugs' invade U.S. health care facilities
    Source: USA Today (Thursday November 29, 2012)

    A USA TODAY review finds that deadly CRE bacteria are showing up in hospitals and other health care facilities across the country and there is virtually nothing to stop these “superbugs” at this point.

  • FDA took 684 days to warn meningitis-linked firm: files
    Source: Reuters (Wednesday November 21, 2012)

    (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration took 684 days to issue a warning letter after uncovering infractions that could potentially harm patients at the pharmacy at the center of the deadly U.S. meningitis outbreak, newly released documents show.

  • Oversight Failures Documented in Meningitis Outbreak
    Source: New York Times (Wednesday November 21, 2012)

    “Newly released documents add vivid detail to the emerging portrait of the Food and Drug Administration’s ineffective and halting efforts to regulate a Massachusetts company implicated in a national meningitis outbreak that has sickened nearly 500 people and killed 34.”

  • Check your hospital's infection rates; new Alabama report released today
    Source: (Thursday November 15, 2012)

    Alabama releases annual report on the state’s hospitals record on infection prevention.

  • Report faults states’ oversight of specialty pharmacies
    Source: Washington Post (Sunday October 28, 2012)

    State boards have failed to adequately regulate the safety of practices at specialty pharmacies like the one at the center of the deadly fungal meningitis outbreak, according to a congressional report to be released Monday.

  • Death of a Boy Prompts New Medical Efforts Nationwide
    Source: New York Times (Thursday October 25, 2012)

    Rory Staunton’s tragic story is raising awareness in NY about detecting and treating sepsis.

  • Hospital Food Contaminated With C. diff
    Source: WebMD (Friday October 19, 2012)

    A new report suggests that hospital food is frequently contaminated with the dangerous diarrhea bug Clostridium difficile (C. diff).

  • Superbugs Ride Air Currents Around Hospital Units
    Source: Infection Control Today (Monday October 8, 2012)

    Hospital superbugs can float on air currents and contaminate surfaces far from infected patients’ beds, according to University of Leeds researchers.

  • Spore Wars C.diff series
    Source: Center for Health Reporting (Monday October 15, 2012)

    Center for Health Reporting and Stockton Record partner to produce a news series on C.diff, a deadly hospital infection.

  • Soap, Swabs Slash Infection Rates by 44%
    Source: HealthLeaders Media (Friday October 19, 2012)

    A study conducted at 43 HCA-affiliated community hospitals saw bloodstream infections, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), drop by 44% when all ICU patients were subjected to daily “universal decolonization” using antimicrobial soap and nasal swabs.

  • FDA Statement on Fungal Meningitis Outbreak: Additional Patient Notification Advised
    Source: FDA (Thursday October 18, 2012)

    [Update 10/18/2012] CDC and FDA have confirmed the presence of a fungus known as Exserohilum rostratum in unopened medication vials of preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate (80mg/ml) from one of the three implicated lots from NECC (Lot #08102012@51, BUD 2/6/2013). The laboratory confirmation further links steroid injections from these lots from NECC to the multistate outbreak of fungal meningitis and joint infections. Testing on the other two implicated lots of methylprednisolone acetate and other NECC injectables continues.

  • Resource: Five Safe Surgery Tips for Patients
    Source: ProPublica (Monday October 15, 2012)

    Empowered Patient Coalition’s Dr. Julia Hallisy special to ProPublica. For more information, see their free Hospital Guide for Patients and Families:

  • Concerns Raised Over California's Gap in C. Difficile Reporting
    Source: California Healthline (Monday October 15, 2012)

    Patient advocates are raising concerns about a gap in California’s public reporting of cases of Clostridium difficile, which has become one of the most deadly types of infections in the U.S., the Stockton Record reports.

  • Gaps exposed in tracking of C. difficile cases
    Source: CHCF Center for Health Reporting (Monday October 15, 2012)

    This is the second in a three-day series examining Clostridium difficile, a potentially lethal infection gaining a foothold in San Joaquin County and across the country.

  • Infection found in hospitals can kill
    Source: CHCF Center for Health Reporting (Sunday October 14, 2012)

    This is the first in a three-day series examining Clostridium difficile, a potentially lethal infection gaining a foothold in San Joaquin County and across the country.

  • Meningitis Outbreak: 2 More Drugs Probed
    Source: MedPage Today (Monday October 15, 2012)

    Two other drugs made by the New England Compounding Center (NECC) appear to be involved in the fatal meningitis outbreak that has now claimed the lives of 15 people in as many states, the FDA announced Monday.

  • 2 die in meningitis outbreak; Saint Thomas neurosurgery clinic shuts down
    Source: The Tennessean (Monday October 1, 2012)

    The Tennessee Department of Health is joining forces with the Center for Disease Control to investigate an unusual outbreak of meningitis that has hit 11 Tennesseans so far, killing two of them.

  • What a Failed Vegas Sex Pill and The Meningitis Outbreak Have In Common
    Source: ProPublica (Wednesday October 10, 2012)

    The New England Compounding Center has come under scrutiny for producing a contaminated steroid shot linked to the recent meningitis outbreak.

  • This American Life: What Doesn't Kill You
    Source: This American Life (Friday October 5, 2012)

    Podcast interview with comedian Tig Notaro about her cancer treatment and string of misfortunes, including C.diff infection.

  • New blood sought for vanished state infections panel
    Source: Center for Health Reporting (Tuesday October 9, 2012)

    The California Department of Public Health is looking for fresh blood for a new panel, people who want to curb infections that can sicken, maim or even kill hospital patients. If that describes you, the deadline to apply is Oct. 19

  • Mom says hospital gave son MRSA; infection spread to entire family
    Source: Fox (Wednesday October 3, 2012)

    California 1-month-old baby gets infected after surgery and it spreads to entire family.

  • Common hospital-acquired infection rarely reported in the dataset used to implement hospital penalties
    Source: University of Michigan Health System (Wednesday September 5, 2012)

    U-M analysis shows that Medicare policy to withhold payments for catheter-associated urinary tract infections during hospital stays rarely changed payment

  • Medicare fines over hospitals’ readmitted patients
    Source: Daily Herald (Monday October 1, 2012)

    As of Monday, Medicare will start fining hospitals that have too many patients readmitted within 30 days of discharge due to complications. The penalties are part of a broader push under President Barack Obama’s health care law to improve quality while also trying to save taxpayers money. Dr. John Santa, director of the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center, quoted.

  • Antibiotic Alert: The Drug The Doctor Ordered Could Cause Deadly Side Effects
    Source: Forbes (Sunday September 30, 2012)

    The Frightening History of Fluoroquinolones

  • Despite lists, experts disagree on the 'best hospitals'
    Source: USA Today (Thursday September 27, 2012)

    Nearly 40% of consumers surveyed last year said they use hospital ratings to choose a health care facility, but there’s little agreement between the lists, raising questions about their value.

  • Hospital Infection Event in Las Vegas, October 17, 2012
    Source: Office of Public Health Informatics & Epidemiology (Friday September 28, 2012)

    Event flyer. Consumer Champions in Infection Prevention event in Las Vegas, October 17, 2012.

  • Common antibiotic boosts spread of deadly superbug
    Source: Indian Express (Saturday September 22, 2012)

    New research has found that cases of MRSA – a bacteria that causes serious infections of the skin, blood, lungs and bones – decreased when prescriptions of ciprofloxacin were reduced, suggesting that the common antibiotic is helping the deadly superbug spread through hospitals.

  • Herd Immunity: NICU Babies Catch MRSA at Sacramento Hospital
    Source: Reporting on Health (Wednesday September 19, 2012)

    A California hospital tests babies in its NICU in August and more than 20 tested positive for MRSA.

  • Right there all along
    Source: Modern Healthcare (Saturday September 8, 2012)

    Latest IOM report lays out how to deliver safer, more effective care by using existing strategies, technology. Arthur Levin, director of the New York-based Center for Medical Consumers, served on the committee that produced To Err is Human and Crossing the Quality Chasm, as well as on the committee that authored this latest report.

  • NIH superbug claims 7th victim
    Source: Washington Post (Friday September 14, 2012)

    Another patient dies from a deadly antibiotic-resistant strain of the bacterium Klebsiella pneumoniae at the NIH hospital in Maryland.

  • Popular Antibiotics May Carry Serious Side Effects
    Source: New York Times (Monday September 10, 2012)

    Jane Brody reports for New York Times on the debilitating side effects associated with fluoroquinolones, a class of antibiotics that includes Cipro (ciprofloxacin), Levaquin (levofloxacin) and Avelox (moxifloxacin). In addition to occasional unwanted effects on the musculoskeletal, visual and renal systems, the drugs in rare cases can seriously injure the central nervous system (causing “brain fog,” depression, hallucinations and psychotic reactions), the heart, liver, skin (painful, disfiguring rashes and phototoxicity), the gastrointestinal system (nausea and diarrhea), hearing and blood sugar metabolism.

  • AHRQ program lowers central line-associated infections by 40%
    Source: Modern Healthcare (Monday September 10, 2012)

    An AHRQ program targeting central line-associated bloodstream infections has lowered overall rates of such infections by 40% among participating hospitals, according to government data released Monday.

  • IOM Urges 10 Major Healthcare Fixes
    Source: HealthLeaders Media (Friday September 7, 2012)

    The Institute of Medicine releases new 382-page report calling for a major overhaul to remove inefficiencies and other barriers to quality care. The report issues 10 recommendations to improve quality of care, and use healthcare resources better.

  • Stop Ignoring Low Quality Ratings
    Source: HealthLeaders Media (Thursday September 6, 2012)

    Hospital executives should not ignore low quality ratings if their hospital gets a low score. Hospitals should not hesitate to “welcome this level of scrutiny and public accountability,” according to a former hospital chief operating officer.

  • Where’s the War on Lethal Super-Bugs?
    Source: Ralph Nadar (Wednesday September 5, 2012)

    Ralph Nadar on antibiotic resistant superbugs

  • Pen Bay Medical Center working to cut down high readmission rates after Medicare penalty
    Source: Bangor Daily News (Saturday August 25, 2012)

    Maine hospital penalized by Medicare for having high readmission rates.

  • Hospital-acquired UTIs rarely reported in data used to implement penalties
    Source: (Wednesday September 5, 2012)

    Urinary Tract Infections are not showing up on billing data used to calculate the rates of infection.

  • New Hospital Compare data shows disparity in blood infection rates
    Source: Fierce Healthcare (Friday February 10, 2012)

    Patients at hospitals in Hawaii, Alaska, South Dakota, Kansas and Indiana had the fewest bloodstream infections, according to CMS 2011 data.

  • Alaska man treated for flesh-eating infection
    Source: msnbc (Friday July 6, 2012)

    Alaska man contracted serious infection flesh-eating bacteria following surgery and faced amputation.

  • MRSA Cases in Alaska Increase Part I
    Source: KTVA (Monday May 2, 2011)

    In light of the 2011 outbreak of MRSA infections in Alaska hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit, tracking infection cases is vital, yet the state does not require reporting of hospital infections to the public.

  • MRSA Cases in Alaska Increase, Part II
    Source: KTVA (Tuesday May 3, 2011)

    Alaska’s health department does not track cases of MRSA infection or other hospital infections because there is no law requiring hospitals to report infections to the public or state health department.

  • Staph infections plague Providence infant care unit
    Source: Anchorage Daily News (Thursday June 2, 2011)

    2011 MRSA outbreak in Alaska hospital’s newborn intensive care unit.

  • Medical Errors Harm Huge Number of Patients
    Source: US News and World Report (Tuesday August 28, 2012)

    US News and World Report piece on medical harm and Mary Brennan-Taylor’s advocacy efforts to improve patient safety.

  • GUESTWORDS: Hospital Homicides
    Source: East Hampton Star (Wednesday March 14, 2012)

    Richard Rosenthal writes: “It is past time that the government and public adopt the same sense of urgency with healthcare deaths.” Richard can be reached at

  • Govt. gene sleuths stop superbug that killed 6
    Source: KTVU (Wednesday August 22, 2012)

    KTVU reports on how NIH scientists tracked a superbug outbreak at the NIH hospital that killed 6 people.

  • State Seeks Improved Reporting of Hospital Central-Line Infections
    Source: California Healthline (Monday August 27, 2012)

    State officials are asking hospitals in California to correct their reporting of central-line infections after a review found that 38% of infections were not counted in 2011, the San Bernardino County Sun reports.

  • The “NIH Superbug”: This Is Happening Every Day
    Source: Wired (Friday August 24, 2012)

    Maryn McKenna writes for Wired about the NIH superbug outbreak and the context that media outlets left out in their reporting about the outbreak.

  • Letter to the Editor: As superbug spread, NIH failed in its duty to protect
    Source: Washington Post (Friday August 24, 2012)

    Letter to the Editor by Public Citizen’s Michael A. Carome and Sidney M. Wolfe: “By not alerting the public sooner, the NIH denied patients considering inpatient care at its hospital the opportunity to weigh the risk of exposure to this superbug against the benefits of being hospitalized there and to consider seeking care elsewhere.”

  • Washington Post Editorial: Tracking a superbug at the NIH
    Source: Washington Post (Thursday August 23, 2012)

    Washington Post editorial on the deadly outbreak at the NIH hospital that left 17 patients dead.

  • NIH should have notified it of superbug outbreak, Montgomery County official says
    Source: Washington Post (Thursday August 23, 2012)

    Public wasn’t notified about deadly hospital infection outbreak at NIH hospital. CU’s Safe Patient Project Director, Lisa McGiffert, quoted.

  • ‘Superbug’ stalked NIH hospital last year, killing six
    Source: Washington Post (Wednesday August 22, 2012)

    Spokeswoman says NIH hospital didn’t tell public about a 2011 infection outbreak for a year because they didn’t have to. In fact, the outbreak was not made public until this week, when NIH researchers published a scientific paper describing the advanced genetic technology they deployed to trace the outbreak.

  • Genome Detectives Solve a Hospital’s Deadly Outbreak
    Source: New York Times (Wednesday August 22, 2012)

    Rarely used genome sequencing was used to track a deadly bacterial outbreak at the NIH hospital in Bethesda, MD.

  • Making Dialysis Safer: Simple tools to protect patients from bloodstream infections
    Source: CDC Safe Healthcare Blog (Tuesday August 21, 2012)

    CDC: Bloodstream infections are one of the most serious types of infections dialysis patients can get. Since 1993, there has been a 40 percent increase in the rates of hospitalizations for bloodstream infection among hemodialysis patients, underscoring the importance of protecting this population.

  • ProPublica Tipsheet: How to Use Nursing Home Inspect
    Source: ProPublica (Tuesday August 14, 2012)

    ProPublica has designed Nursing Home Inspect to make it fast and easy to search thousands of recent government inspection reports from around the country, most since the beginning of 2011. Following are some tips to help you get the best results.

  • ProPublica: What We Found Using Nursing Home Inspect
    Source: ProPublica (Tuesday August 14, 2012)

    Drawing on government reports posted online last month, ProPublica launched Nursing Home Inspect — a tool that allows anyone to easily search and analyze the details of recent nursing home inspections, most completed since January 2011.

  • Guest Blog Post by CR's John Santa, MD MPH: Including Consumers In the Safety Journey
    Source: An Ounce of Evidence (Tuesday August 14, 2012)

    Consumer Reports’ John Santa MD MPH, explains Consumer Reports first hospital safety ratings and the importance of providing reliable information to consumers to improve health and reduce harm.

  • Sepsis Survey Reveals Majority Americans, Especially Those Under 35, Have Never Heard of One of Deadliest Killers in America
    Source: Sepsis Alliance (Friday August 17, 2012)

    Fewer than half of Americans have heard of sepsis, according to a new poll commissioned by the Sepsis Alliance.

  • Far more could be done to stop the deadly bacteria C. diff
    Source: USA Today (Thursday August 16, 2012)

    A USA TODAY investigation shows that C. diff is far more prevalent than federal reports suggest. The bacteria is linked in hospital records to more than 30,000 deaths a year in the United States— about twice federal estimates and rivaling the 32,000 killed in traffic accidents. It strikes about a half-million Americans a year.

  • Photos: The Faces of C.diff Victims
    Source: USA Today (Thursday August 16, 2012)

    18 photos of people who have died from C.diff, a hospital infection. Features 10 people from the Safe Patient Project’s story bank.

  • Hospital successfully battles C. diff
    Source: USA Today (Thursday August 16, 2012)

    USA Today: When officials at The Jewish Hospital-Mercy Health in Cincinnati launched a high-priority initiative in 2009 to bring down its skyrocketing C. diff rate, it took far less time and money than they expected to get dramatic results.

  • Nurse-led program cuts sepsis deaths in half
    Source: Fierce Healthcare (Friday August 10, 2012)

    A nurse-led fast-track sepsis screening and diagnosis program cut mortality rates in half at nine California hospitals, reports Fierce Healthcare.

  • California Public Health Officials Release New Report On Hospital Safety
    Source: KPBS (Friday August 10, 2012)

    The state Department of Public Health has issued a new report on infections in California hospitals. Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project quoted.

  • Review finds hospital-acquired infections went unreported
    Source: California Watch (Friday August 10, 2012)

    California public health authorities who reviewed 100 hospitals found that the facilities failed to report as many as a third of the infections they should have reported in 2011 under the state’s public reporting law. Safe Patient Project director Lisa McGiffert quoted.

  • Two Arms, Two Choices: If Only I’d Known Then What I Know Now
    Source: Health Affairs (Wednesday August 1, 2012)

    Disabled by faulty arm surgery and harmed by a hospital-acquired infection, a patient wishes he’d been better informed. Article by Colorado patient safety advocate Kerry O’Connell for Health Affairs.

  • MRSA on the Rise: Infections Have Doubled in 5 Years
    Source: The Atlantic (Monday July 30, 2012)

    More people checking into hospitals with MRSA than those with either HIV or influenza, combined

  • "Damselfly" production is a tribute to HART actress Diana Brookins
    Source: Oregon Live (Tuesday July 31, 2012)

    New play in Oregon’s HART theatre, “Damselfly,” is based on the life and death of 25-year-old Diana Brookins due to medical error.

  • Damselfly, the Diana Brookins Story
    Source: Hart Theatre (Friday July 20, 2012)

    Written by HART founder Kim (Sandstrom) Hawksey with collaboration by Helen Haskell of Mothers Against Medical Error, Damselfly is often light-hearted, humorous, and passionate, yet it still conveys the real-life account of a deadly breakdown in our healthcare system and the resulting loss of a bright theatre light.

  • Safety advisers say state buried report
    Source: Times Union (Tuesday August 28, 2012)

    A report designed to reduce hospital errors issued by an expert panel on patient safety was ignored by NY Department of Health according to panel members.

  • Surgical patient safety program cuts infections by 33%
    Source: Fierce Healthcare (Monday July 30, 2012)

    A patient safety program that combines accurate outcome measurement, support from hospital leadership and engaged frontline providers reduced surgical site infections by 33 percent in patients undergoing colorectal procedures, according to a new study published in the August Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

  • New Surgical Patient Safety Program Reduces Surgical Site Infections by One-Third in Patients Who Undergo Colorectal Operations
    Source: American College of Surgeons (Monday July 30, 2012)

    A surgical patient safety program that combines three components—accurate outcome measurement, support of hospital leadership, and engaged frontline providers—reduces surgical site infections (SSIs) by 33 percent in patients who undergo colorectal procedures, according to a new study published in the August issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

  • Flesh-eating infection: Husband seeks autopsy, clues after Farmington Hills woman dies
    Source: Detroit Free Press (Tuesday July 31, 2012)

    Michigan woman dies in the hospital after developing a flesh-eating infection, husband seeks answers

  • Why Can’t Medicine Seem to Fix Simple Mistakes?
    Source: ProPublica (Friday July 20, 2012)

    ProPublica writes about several instances of patient harm in the aftermath of the recent death of a 12-year old boy from septic shock. Why can’t hospitals get it right?

  • HHS: Few Adverse Events in Hospitals Were Reported to State Adverse Event Reporting Systems
    Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Thursday July 19, 2012)

    HHS OIG report: An estimated 60 percent of adverse and temporary harm events nationally occurred at hospitals in States with reporting systems, yet only an estimated 12 percent of events nationally met State requirements for reporting. Hospitals reported only 1 percent of patient harm events.

  • HHS: Hospitals ignoring requirements to report errors
    Source: USA Today (Friday July 20, 2012)

    Hospitals are ignoring state regulations that require them to report cases in which medical care harmed a patient, making it almost impossible for health care providers to identify and fix preventable problems, a report to be released today by the Department of Health and Human Services inspector general shows.

  • An end to silence
    Source: The Herald-Palladium (Monday July 16, 2012)

    Michigan mom thinks public should know about deadly ‘Superbug’ that went undetected and almost killed her son

  • Dentist Exposed Thousands To Possible HIV Infection
    Source: redOrbit (Sunday July 15, 2012)

    An ongoing malpractice investigation centering on a Denver, Colorado oral surgeon has uncovered evidence that he reused syringes and needles, potentially putting thousands of patients at risk of contracting hepatitis or the HIV virus, state health officials revealed on Friday.

  • Reused Vials, Unsafe Injections Threatening Patients: CDC
    Source: HealthDay News (Thursday July 12, 2012)

    Life-threatening but completely preventable infections are being contracted by patients in the United States because health care providers fail to follow safe-injection recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to a new study. The study is published in the July 13 issue of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

  • California Hospitals Take Issue With Leapfrog Group's Recent Report Card on Patient Safety
    Source: California Healthline (Wednesday July 11, 2012)

    In a California Healthline Special Report by Kenny Goldberg, experts discussed a recent Leapfrog Group report card that gave more than 40% of California hospitals a grade of C or lower for patient safety.

  • An Infection, Unnoticed, Turns Unstoppable
    Source: NYT (Thursday July 12, 2012)

    A 12 year old shows signs medical professionals would recognize as sepsis, a deadly blood infection, but in this case the sepsis was not recognized and treated resulting in an untimely, unnecessary death.

  • Study: MRSA infections down among Tricare patients
    Source: AHA News (Friday July 6, 2012)

    MRSA infection rates declined among Tricare inpatients and outpatients between 2005 and 2010, according to a study in the July 4 Journal of the American Medical Association.

  • Report: Two Westchester Hospitals Rank Low In Safety
    Source: Greenburgh Daily Voice (Tuesday July 10, 2012)

    Some hospital patients in Westchester might not be receiving care that’s as safe as they may think, according to a Consumer Reports study that analyzed the safest hospitals in the nation and found that two county hospitals scored poorly.

  • Enhancing Medicare's Hospital-Acquired Conditions Policy to Encompass Readmissions
    Source: Medicare & Medicaid Research Review, 2012 2(2):E1–E15 (Tuesday July 3, 2012)
  • How do WNY hospitals rank in new list?
    Source: (Friday July 6, 2012)

    Consumer Reports is out with its new hospital safety ratings. How did hospitals in western New York stack up?

  • Consumer Reports Rates Hospital Safety
    Source: HealthLeaders Media (Thursday July 5, 2012)

    Cheryl Clark for HealthLeaders Media reports on Consumer Reports’ new scorecard for hospital safety.

  • Herd Immunity: Mount Sinai Medical Center Did a Public Service by Revealing MRSA Cases
    Source: Reporting on Health (Friday June 22, 2012)

    Bill Heisel (Reporting on Health) reports on a NY MRSA study published in CDC’s Emerging Infectious Diseases.

  • Hospital's Drug Diversion Nightmare Spawns Multiple Infections
    Source: HealthLeaders Media (Thursday June 28, 2012)

    New Hampshire patients infected with Hepatitis C linked to healthcare worker drug use on the job.

  • Drug-Resistant Germ In Rhode Island Hospital Raises Worries
    Source: NPR (Friday June 22, 2012)

    A strain of this bacteria can be resistant can render resistance to almost all antibiotics.

  • Tending the Body’s Microbial Garden
    Source: New York Times (Monday June 18, 2012)

    Researchers say fecal transplants are safe and effective; 83% C. diff patients experience immediate improvement.

  • Israeli scientists find new strain of MRSA bacteria spreading in Gaza City
    Source: Haaretz (Monday June 18, 2012)

    Antibiotic-resistant bug may spread through cats, say researchers.

  • Study: C. diff More Dangerous Outside of Hospital
    Source: The Peggy Lillis Memorial Foundation (Monday June 18, 2012)

    In April, a CDC study found that people who developed a C. diff Infection outside of the hospital setting (including those living in nursing homes or recently treated in physicians offices) were four times more likely to require a colectomy (surgical removal of the colon) than those who developed symptoms while hospitalized. And people 65 or older are at even higher risk.

  • Could The Supreme Court’s Health Care Ruling Kill Patient Safety Reforms?
    Source: ProPublica (Friday June 15, 2012)

    ProPublica asks experts to weigh in on an often overlooked question on the Supreme Court’s health reform decision: What might happen to the many patient safety and quality of care provisions sprinkled through the Affordable Care Act?

  • State: Hospital worker abusing drugs likely cause of hepatitis C outbreak
    Source: Seacoast Online (Wednesday June 13, 2012)

    An New Hampshire hospital employee abusing drugs is likely the cause of the hepatitis C outbreak that has now grown to 20 individuals, according to state health officials.

  • Study IDs Risk Factors for Fatal MRSA
    Source: MedPage Today (Wednesday June 13, 2012)

    The risk of death from methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteremia increased significantly with age, nursing home residence, and organ impairment, researchers found.

  • Some Tarrant hospitals lag in patient safety ratings
    Source: Star Telegram (Wednesday June 6, 2012)

    Star Telegram reports on Leapfrog Group patient safety grades for Tarrant County hospitals.

  • Sepsis outbreak at Calif. dialysis center prompts public health investigation
    Source: Nephrology News & Issues (Tuesday June 5, 2012)

    Three end-stage renal disease patients treated at a dialysis center in Los Angeles County, Calif. contracted a bacterial infection in the blood (sepsis) caused by improper cleaning and disinfection of a dialyzer.

  • Lack of Hospital Infection Reporting Mandate Leaves Patients at Risk

    “This pick-and-choose infection reporting strategy hurts patients. Failing to fully track surgical site infections provides incomplete safety information.”

  • Medicare’s no-pay rule sharpens infection-control efforts
    Source: American Medical News (Monday May 14, 2012)

    More than 80% of infection-control professionals believe the CMS policy has led to greater focus on the health care-associated infections targeted under the rule, said a study published in the May American Journal of Infection Control. The CMS policy denies payment to hospitals for the extra cost involved in treating a Medicare patient who is diagnosed with a certain hospital acquired condition during a hospital stay that was not documented upon admission.

  • Medicare penalty appears to drive hospital infection prevention efforts
    Source: APIC (Tuesday May 1, 2012)

    APIC study: The 2008 decision by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to cease additional reimbursement to hospitals for certain healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) has led to enhanced focus on infection prevention and changes in practice by front-line staff.

  • Quadruple amputee files lawsuit against doctors, Medical City
    Source: Dallas Morning News (Sunday May 27, 2012)

    Whitney Mitchell, whose arms and legs were amputated after a severe bacterial infection, has filed a lawsuit accusing doctors at Medical City Dallas Hospital of withholding appropriate antibiotics for 38 hours after she was first seen in the emergency room.

  • Why was Christian in Hadley, Mass? Reflections on the NEVER Meeting
    Source: Peggy Foundation (Monday April 30, 2012)

    Christian Lillis, co-founder of The Peggy Lillis Memorial Foundation, blogs about attending a gathering of the NorthEast Voices for Error Reduction (NEVER), a regional coalition of patient safety advocates.

  • Report: Dirty surgical tools in hospitals putting patients at risk
    Source: Fox News (Wednesday February 22, 2012)

    63-year-old Texas man acquires hospital infection from surgery that ate away at his shoulder bone and rotator cuff, likely from dirty surgical tools. This man was one of seven patients who developed an infection at the same hospital within a two-week timeframe.

  • Utah hospital infection rates may soon be public
    Source: The Salt Lake Tribune (Thursday February 9, 2012)

    A Utah bill requiring hospitals to publicly disclose their infection rates won unanimous approval from Senate Health and Human Services Committee members Thursday. Hospitals are already required to report infection information to the federal government, but the new law would make the data available online through the Utah Department of Health.

  • Only 10 states post hospital data on surgical site infections
    Source: American Medical News (Monday April 2, 2012)

    From the AMA’s Amednews of April 2: “Only 10 states post hospital data on surgical site infections.” Patients and health care quality would benefit from standardized, nationwide public reporting of more surgical site infections, said John Santa, MD, MPH, director of the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center.

  • Curious consumers start to see more hospital data
    Source: Austin American-Statesman (Sunday March 25, 2012)

    Austin American-Statesman analyzes available patient safety data on Texas hospitals and interviews Consumers Union story sharer, Joe Reynolds, who acquired a serious MRSA infection in an Austin hospital that he says took him took 18 months to recover from. His month-long hospitalization cost over $82,000, mostly paid by Medicare.

  • Herd Immunity: Better Definitions and Better Data Could Help Stop Superbugs
    Source: Reporting on Health (Friday March 23, 2012)

    We know more about cows in remote ranches than drug-resistant infections in thousands of healthcare facilities nationwide.

  • DHSS Ambulatory Surgery Center Inspection Reports Now Available Online
    Source: NJ Department of Health and Senior Services (Wednesday February 1, 2012)

    Consumers can search the DHSS website at for a specific facility or facilities within a region of the state and review and compare inspection reports for the past three years. They can also view corrective action plans—where appropriate—that surgery centers have filed with the Department to rectify any deficiencies found during inspections.

  • Maine nursing homes and hospitals battling deadly gut infection
    Source: Bangor Daily News (Thursday March 8, 2012)

    Maine ranks second in the nation for deaths from a nasty infection spread in health care facilities called C. difficile, according to new data.

  • A patient survival guide, from a mother who learned too late
    Source: The CT Mirror (Thursday March 8, 2012)

    Great information and advice by patient safety advocates, Helen Haskell (Mothers Against Medical Error) and Jean Rexford (Connecticut Center for Patient Safety).

  • New York’s hospitals need to clean up their act
    Source: New York Daily News (Monday March 5, 2012)

    Low patient safety ratings [by Consumer Reports] are a wakeup call

  • The Latest on Clostridium Difficile, From the CDC
    Source: Wall Street Journal (Wednesday March 7, 2012)

    C. diff infections have been on the rise, and 14,000 deaths a year are linked to the bug. The CDC had some new stats on C. diff yesterday. Specifically, it says that 94% of the infections in 2010 were picked up after an encounter with the health-care system — say, a stay in a nursing-home or rehab facility.

  • State report finds high infection rate for vaginal hysterectomies; other surgical infections below national estimates
    Source: Boston Globe (Tuesday February 21, 2012)

    infections for coronary artery bypass surgery, knee and hip replacements, and abdominal hysterectomies have decreased but those for vaginal hysterectomies have increased.

  • Massachusetts releases report cards on hospital-acquired infections
    Source: Boston Globe (Wednesday February 8, 2012)

    Massachusetts public health officials have called together patient safety leaders to determine why hospitals reported a high rate of surgical infections among women who received vaginal hysterectomies over the past two years.

  • State report finds high infection rate for vaginal hysterectomies; other surgical infections below national estimates
    Source: Boston Globe (Tuesday February 21, 2012)

    According to the latest MA state report, number of infections reported for vaginal hysterectomies in the past two years was more than twice what was predicted and higher than the national baseline.

  • How dirty medical devices expose patients to infection
    Source: iWatch News (Wednesday February 22, 2012)

    An outbreak of infections at a Texas hospital prompted an investigation of the surgical tools used and raised concerns about dirty devices, including possible design flaws that make them difficult to clean.

  • Hospital excels in infection avoidance
    Source: The Free Lance-Star (Thursday February 9, 2012)

    Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project Director, Lisa McGiffert, quoted in an article about Virginia’s central line associated infection data.

  • Safe To Be Sick
    Source: National Journal (Thursday January 19, 2012)

    Susan Manganello, patient safety advocate in CT, interviewed about the hospital infections that took her 22-year-old daughter’s life in 2005. Public reporting efforts led by consumer advocates have motivated hospitals to reduce their infection rates. Said the CDC’s Denise Cardo: “If it weren’t for Consumers Union pushing for legislation, public reporting, we would not be here now,” she said at a forum sponsored by National Journal and the Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology in October. “We have many states with public-reporting legislation. That’s the reason I can come and tell you what is going on in the nation.”

  • Kevin Kavanagh and Daniel Saman | Hospital infections are underreported
    Source: Courier-Journal (Tuesday January 31, 2012)

    Op-ed co-published by Dr. Kevin T. Kavanagh, founder of Health Watch USA. “A functioning public reporting system is desperately needed, as Kentucky’s current reporting system is broken,” wrote Kavanagh.

  • Doctor, Did You Check Your Checklist?
    Source: Kaiser Health News (Monday January 30, 2012)

    Article on medical harm in the DC area. The District of Columbia reports on injuries occurring in the city’s hospitals, for example, but doesn’t say at which hospital the problems occurred. The public has a right to information about medical harm that is hospital-specific. Article includes tips by Consumer Reports and Dr. Peter Pronovost on how to stay safe in the hospital.

  • Video: Toxic Megacolon Superbug
    Source: YouTube (Tuesday February 8, 2011)

    Video on MRSA and C. diff superbugs found in U.S. retail meat posted by

  • Infections Strike Kids in ICUs: Report
    Source: ABC News (Thursday January 26, 2012)

    Consumer Reports: The risk of a serious bloodstream infection contracted in hospitals is 20 percent higher in pediatric intensive care units. More than half of the nation’s pediatric ICUs don’t make their infection data public. This is a very important issue for parents; patients have a right to know information about infections.

  • Hospitals' Infection Numbers Flawed
    Source: Colorado Public Radio (Tuesday January 24, 2012)

    CO hospitals’ infection rates checked for first time. Infections under-reported by 33.9%.

  • Calif. hospital infection rates look low, but may be incomplete
    Source: UT San Diego (Wednesday January 18, 2012)

    California’s recent public reports on central-line associated hospital infections reflect rates nearly 50 percent lower than the national average, but the latest reports might reveal only half or more of infections cropping up in California. That is why validation of data is essential to getting accurate information out to the public, said Lisa McGiffert, director of Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project.

  • In Santa Cruz County, hospital infection rates vary
    Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel (Saturday January 7, 2012)

    The California Department of Health released its second year of data on hospital acquired infections. CU praised state regulators for posting a broad range of infection data and a consumer friendly surgical infection interactive map that will include more data over time.

  • A Winnable Battle
    Source: The Hospitalist (Sunday January 1, 2011)

    Patient safety advocate, Dr. Kevin Kavanagh of Health Watch USA, interviewed about hospital infections.

  • Maine's New Laws to Kick in Jan. 1
    Source: Maine Public Broadcasting Network (Thursday December 29, 2011)

    Starting Jan. 1, hospitals must submit data on Clostridium difficile, or C. Diff., on a monthly basis to federal and state public health officials. A database with MRSA and C. Diff rates will be readily accessible to the public as early as the spring, reports the Maine Hospital Association.

  • Public Health Department Fines 14 Hospitals for Patient Safety Errors
    Source: California Healthline (Friday December 9, 2011)

    The California Department of Public Health announced it was imposing $850,000 in fines on 14 hospitals for medical errors that caused or were likely to cause serious patient injury or death.

  • Immediate Jeopardy: 14 CA Hospitals Fined $850,000
    Source: HealthLeaders Media (Monday December 12, 2011)

    Another 14 California hospitals have been ordered to pay fines totaling $850,000 in the latest round of medical errors involving immediate jeopardy to patients, state health officials said last week.

  • State hospital reporting to become obsolete?
    Source: Fierce Healthcare (Thursday December 8, 2011)

    Hospital in Ohio–including the Ohio Hospital Association–are supporting the repeal of state law (House Bill 353) in which hospitals disclose their quality data online in the state database called Ohio Hospital Compare, reports Dayton Daily News.

  • Gut Reaction

    C.diff is a deadly bug in hospitals across the U.S. and we need better infection control and mandatory public reporting to help control the spread of C.diff.

  • Infection Clusters in Chemo Clinics 'Tip of the Iceberg,' Says CDC
    Source: HealthLeaders Media (Thursday October 27, 2011)

    Problems with infection control and prevention in outpatient oncology facilities

  • Man vs hospitals on infection rate info
    Source: Wood TV (Tuesday November 29, 2011)

    Michigan consumer working to get a state law requiring hospitals to disclose their infection rates.

  • 'Don't tell' culture a plague on health care
    Source: Lexington Herald Leader (Monday December 5, 2011)

    Op-ed by Dr. Kevin Kavanagh, chairman of Health Watch USA.

  • Hospitals support repeal of data rule
    Source: Dayton Daily News (Sunday December 4, 2011)

    The Ohio Hospital Association is backing repeal of a five-year rule requiring disclosure of hospital quality data on a state website, a step backwards for consumers looking for information about their local hospitals.

  • Patient Safety Advocates Start New England Watchdog Group
    Source: CT Health I-Team (Tuesday November 22, 2011)

    New England patient safety activists form New England Voices For Error Reduction (NEVER), a group that aims to work regionally for safe health care.

  • Antibiotic use higher in East than West
    Source: USA Today; 11/16/2011 (Wednesday November 16, 2011)

    Antibiotic use varies widely in the USA, with those in Eastern states more likely to use them than those in the West, according to research out Wednesday.

  • Antibiotics Use Map

    What are the most prescribed antibiotic classes and where is consumption most intensive?

  • Outpatient Antibiotic Utilization Highest in West Virginia and Kentucky
    Source: Epidemonomics Blog (Thursday November 17, 2011)

    That two small Appalachian states, with a struggling healthcare system, would be at the top of the list for outpatient antibiotic utilization is not unexpected. Read the explanation for these high rates.

  • Study Finds Even the Cleanest Wastewater Contributes to More 'Super Bacteria'
    Source: Infection Control Today (Tuesday November 15, 2011)

    Study finds municipal wastewater, even wastewater treated by the highest-quality treatment technology, can contribute to antibiotic resistance quantities in surface waters. A high percentage of hospital-acquired infections are caused by highly resistant bacteria.

  • Pneumonia most common infection after heart surgery
    Source: American Heart Association (Tuesday November 15, 2011)

    Pneumonia — not a deep incision surgical site infection — is the most common serious infection after heart surgery, according to new research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2011.

  • What Should Doctors Wear? Even Lab Coats Could Spread Disease
    Source: The Atlantic (Monday November 7, 2011)

    The Empowered Patient co-founder, Julia Hallisy, quoted about the importance of addressing the spread of germs in hospitals.

  • Goodbye to Ohio’s hospital performance comparison website?
    Source: Medcity (Friday October 28, 2011)

    The Ohio Hospital Association is trying to repeal Ohio’s hospital public reporting law that requires disclosure of important patient safety information to Ohio consumers.

  • Hawaii Public Kept in Dark about Hospital Infections
    Source: Honolulu Civil Beat (Tuesday August 30, 2011)

    Hawaii doesn’t require public disclosure of hospital infections and state lawmakers have hindered efforts to require disclosure, leaving patients and families in the dark.

  • AHRQ Awards $34 Million To Expand Fight Against Healthcare-Associated Infections
    Source: AHRQ (Wednesday November 2, 2011)

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announced today that it has awarded $34 million in fiscal year 2011 for grants and contracts to hospitals, academic medical institutions, and health care research organizations to expand the fight against healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).

  • 'Never events' at hospitals go unnoticed
    Source: News-Leader (Saturday October 29, 2011)

    Hospital patients and their relatives in Missouri and most of the United States have no way of learning about most adverse events. Most adverse events aren’t publicly reported.

  • Harbor-UCLA Medical Center cited for safety violations
    Source: Los Angeles Times (Saturday October 29, 2011)

    Harbor-UCLA Medical Center has failed to keep its operating rooms clean and safe and to protect its patients from possible infection, according to federal inspection reports recently released to The Times.

  • Tracking infections helps save lives
    Source: Concord Monitor (Sunday October 30, 2011)

    Op-ed written by Lori Nerbonne of New Hampshire Patient Voices. New Hampshire House Bill 602 would require ambulatory surgical centers to pay a fee to help finance the NH hospital infection reporting program, just like hospitals do. But recent amendments put the state reporting program in danger.

  • Editorial: Public needs more details on patient safety at hospitals
    Source: Dallas Morning News (Monday October 17, 2011)

    The public needs more information about how well their hospitals and doctors perform on ensuring the safety of their patients.

  • How safe is your hospital? New website lets you check
    Source: (Monday October 17, 2011)

    Medicare’s Hospital Compare website allows the public to see how their hospital is doing on a range of patient safety and quality measures. The data provides a snapshot of how hospitals are performing on certain quality measures. Medicare will eventually use this patient outcomes information to base payments to hospitals.

  • Blood Infection Costliest U.S. Hospital Condition: Report
    Source: USA Today (Friday October 7, 2011)

    Septicemia was the single most expensive condition treated in U.S. hospitals in 2009, with a cost of about $15.4 billion, according to a federal government report.

  • Things May Get Worse For ‘Worst’ Hospitals, Study Warns
    Source: Kaiser Health News (Wednesday October 5, 2011)

    New study of “worst” hospitals identifies low-quality, high-cost hospitals based on Medicare’s reports of how often each hospital followed recommended guidelines of care for basic things like giving heart attack patients aspirin upon admission. As required by the Affordable Care Act, Medicare will reduce payments to hospitals with substandard care at a high price.

  • Patient advocates seek public access to hospital accreditation surveys
    Source: Healthcare Finance News (Thursday September 22, 2011)

    A collection of more than 50 patient advocates, including doctors, lawyers and chief executive officers, are asking Congress to allow public access to hospital accreditation surveys.

  • Hospitals readmission rates under scrutiny
    Source: Austin American-Statesman (Wednesday September 28, 2011)

    A new national study indicates that too many hospitals are fumbling and could face penalties if they don’t improve within a year. Texas hospitals respond.

  • Video: How to Prevent Infection after Surgery
    Source: Fox 11 News (Wednesday September 21, 2011)

    California patient safety advocate, Alicia Cole, discusses what you should do to stay safe in the hospital. Alicia almost died from a flesh-eating bacteria she contracted following routine fibroid surgery.

  • Hospital privacy curtains laden with germs
    Source: Reuters (Thursday September 22, 2011)

    Two-thirds of hospital privacy curtains tested positive for potentially deadly bacteria (including MRSA), a University of Iowa study shows.

  • An epidemic that states have to stop
    Source: Times Union (Wednesday August 24, 2011)

    Each year C. diff. infections (CDIs) claim the lives of what may be hundreds of New Yorkers, from toddlers to seniors. Thousands more face life-altering bouts with the disease, often acquired in health care settings and resistant to common medications.

  • War on hospital infections drags on
    Source: USA Today (Tuesday September 20, 2011)

    Consumers Union Safe Patient Project Director, Lisa McGiffert, quoted in USA Today hospital infection story. CU story sharer, Cheri Stout-Robinson, interviewed about the flesh-eating infection she caught in her C-section wound following the birth of her second child.

  • Report Finds Improved Performance by Hospitals
    Source: New York Times (Wednesday September 14, 2011)

    NYT coverage of the Joint Commission report on hospital process measures. Consumers Union Safe Patient Project Director, Lisa McGiffert, quoted: “Highlight the poorest performers.”

  • Rater: 16 South Florida hospitals among nation's best
    Source: Sun Sentinel (Wednesday September 14, 2011)

    New hospital quality ratings by the Joint Commission fall short because they look only at preventive steps the hospitals took, not which hospitals did best at preventing bad results, said Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project Director, Lisa McGiffert.

  • Study faults care at Fayetteville dialysis clinics
    Source: (Monday September 5, 2011)

    Infection control and other patient safety recurring failures documented at three Fayetteville dialysis clinics.

  • 12 hospitals are fined over medical errors
    Source: Los Angeles Times (Thursday September 8, 2011)

    The California Department of Public Health fines 12 hospitals for patient safety violations likely to cause serious injury or death.

  • Hospitals fined $650k for patient safety violations in California
    Source: Fierce Healthcare (Thursday September 8, 2011)

    A dozen California hospitals are fined with a total of $650,000 for patient safety violations. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) yesterday announced that these hospitals failed to comply with requirements that would likely cause serious injury or death to their patients.

  • Groups push for Congress to open hospital accreditation reports
    Source: Lexington Herald-Leader (Thursday September 8, 2011)

    A coalition of state and national patient safety activists, including Consumers Union, are pressing Congress to open reports by The Joint Commission, a non-profit group that performs most of the hospital accreditations performed nationwide. The federal government does not disclose the survey results now. Making the survey results public would give patients more information about hospitals’ operations, including their efforts to prevent hospital-acquired infections, and foster greater transparency.

  • Investigate staffing, infection rates at UK hospital
    Source: The Lexington Herald (Sunday September 4, 2011)

    Op-ed written by Dr. Kevin T. Kavanagh (chairman of Health Watch USA) regarding the quality of care at a Kentucky hospital.

  • Survivor of hospital-acquired infection sounds a call for reform
    Source: San Jose Mercury News (Wednesday August 31, 2011)

    Hospital infection survivor and “numerator,” Kerry O’Connell describes the emotional and physical impact of hospital infection on patients and calls for more empathy and honesty from our health care providers.

  • How Hospitals Harm Us
    Source: Daily Beast (Wednesday August 31, 2011)

    Effective and disturbing graphics and statistics on hospital patient safety performance. (Medical Billing and Coding)

  • Wisconsin hospital may have infected thousands of patients
    Source: The Hill (Monday August 29, 2011)

    One of the nation’s largest integrated care systems may have put thousands of patients at risk of getting dangerous bloodborne infections including hepatitis and HIV over a five-year period.

  • NY woman, university fight against medical errors
    Source: Wall Street Journal (Monday August 22, 2011)

    By the time they graduate, every doctor coming out of the University at Buffalo will have gotten a lesson from Mary Brennan-Taylor. Mary lost her mother to hospital infections and the use of numerous medications.

  • Hospital-related infections drop under California initiative
    Source: Los Angeles Times (Tuesday August 23, 2011)

    Scores of California hospitals, under pressure to reduce infections that kill an estimated 12,000 patients every year, say they have managed to cut costs and save lives through an initiative that has nurses and doctors redoubling efforts to prevent deadly germs from taking root.

  • State health officials can’t track hospital-related infections
    Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Sunday August 21, 2011)

    Georgia hospitals are not required to provide information about their infection rates to the public, leaving consumers in the dark about how safe their hospital might be on preventing infections.

  • Study identifies new way to treat common hospital-acquired infection
    Source: UCLA (Sunday August 21, 2011)

    New study identifies possible way to treat Clostridium difficile infection.

  • Parkland Officials Talk About Critical Report
    Source: KERA (Thursday August 18, 2011)

    Parkland Hospital were cited by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) for having deficiencies in infection control and emergency room care.

  • Doctors Take Aim At Antibiotic Resistance From Factory Farming
    Source: Huffington Post (Tuesday August 16, 2011)

    The wide and questionable use of antibiotics in animal factory farming is contributing to antibiotic resistance in humans and a need to create new antibiotics and/or control the use of current antibiotics. Time is running out.

  • Daughter’s death gives mother a cause
    Source: The Buffalo News (Saturday August 13, 2011)

    NY patient safety advocate, Martha Deed, shares her story about her daughter’s untimely death due to hospital acquired infection and her calling to make hospitals safer.

  • Illinois surgery centers slip on infection control
    Source: Associated Press (Sunday August 7, 2011)

    Here is a list of Illinois surgery centers that were cited for infection-control problems. Last year, The Associated Press examined reports in Illinois and found that nearly 76 percent of centers that were inspected were cited for infection-control problems.

  • Seven Hospitals Share Distinction Of Highest Readmission Rates
    Source: Kaiser Health News (Tuesday August 9, 2011)

    These hospitals all had worse readmission rates than the average hospital for heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia patients — the three categories Medicare tracks. You can look up your local hospital’s rates on Hospital Compare by searching for the hospital’s name and then selecting the “Outcomes of Care” tab for that institution.

  • Medicare data can help patients fill perception gap
    Source: USA Today (Friday August 5, 2011)

    Patient satisfaction surveys about hospitals don’t tell the whole story of a hospital’s care ; concrete measures like hospital death and readmission rates help give a fuller picture of the patient safety conditions in a hospital.

  • Patient Safety America Newsletter

    The newsletter includes great information about the safety of drug devices.

  • Some Calif. Hospitals Could Lose Medicare Funds Under CMS Rule
    Source: California Healthline (Thursday August 4, 2011)

    “Some California hospitals are at risk of having Medicare payments lowered under a CMS final rule that will slash reimbursements to facilities identified as having high 30-day readmission rates for patients with certain conditions, California Watch reports (Jewett, California Watch, 8/3).”

  • Statewide Program Aims To Improve Diagnosis, Treatment of Sepsis
    Source: California Healthline (Tuesday August 2, 2011)

    “Physicians, nurses and caregivers in California have begun receiving training on treating the blood infection sepsis as part of a three-year, $6 million statewide program to improve patient safety and cut health care costs, the Sacramento Business Journal reports.”

  • Medicare rule would decrease payments to hospitals with high re-admission rates
    Source: The Washington Post (Saturday July 30, 2011)

    In an effort to save money and improve care, Medicare, the federal program for the elderly and disabled, is about to release a final rule aimed at getting hospitals to pay more attention to patients after discharge. This includes cutting back payments to hospitals where high numbers of patients are re-admitted [often due to infections or medical harm].

  • Mary Brennan-Taylor, advocate for change
    Source: Lockport Union-Sun & Journal (Monday August 1, 2011)

    After losing her mother to medical error, patient safety advocate is named a University of Buffalo adjunct research instructor. Mary is active with CU’s Safe Patient Project campaign.

  • U.S. health care system fails to deliver
    Source: Politico (Sunday July 31, 2011)

    Don Berwick editorial: U.S. health care system fails to deliver

  • The future of healthcare: Patient safety
    Source: Modern Healthcare (Monday July 25, 2011)

    Dr. Peter Pronovost on getting to zero central line-associated bloodstream infections.

  • U.S. Attorney says nursing home's 'worthless' care led to deaths, injuries
    Source: Kentucky Herald-Leader (Tuesday July 19, 2011)

    The complaint alleges that from 2004 to 2008, numerous patients suffered serious injuries; five of those patients died. Some of the residents who died went days without baths; they weren’t given enough to drink; and their pressure sores were not treated, leading to fatal infections, the complaint alleges.

  • Going into hospital far riskier than flying
    Source: Los Angeles Times (Thursday July 21, 2011)

    Millions of people die each year from medical errors and infections linked to health care and going into hospital is far riskier than flying, the World Health Organisation said on Thursday.

  • Texas hospital mistakes to be reported, new tools for patients
    Source: (Tuesday July 19, 2011)

    Texas lawmakers passed bills in 2007 and 2009 requiring hospitals to report infections and medical errors to the Department of State Health Services. But the programs have yet to be funded and enforced. CU story sharer Katherine Daniel and CU Safe Patient Project director Lisa McGiffert quoted.

  • Moving Toward Safer Outpatient Care: CDC Releases Guide for Preventing Infections
    Source: CDC Safe Healthcare (Wednesday July 13, 2011)

    CDC Releases Infection Prevention Guide to Promote Safe Outpatient Care

  • Antibiotics helping breed deadly stomach bacteria in San Francisco hospitals
    Source: San Francisco Examiner (Friday July 8, 2011)

    C.diff infections are a major and messy problem in CA hospitals and nationwide.

  • Two San Francisco Hospitals Report Cases of C. Difficile
    Source: California Healthline (Wednesday July 13, 2011)

    Two San Francisco hospitals recently reported outbreaks of C.diff, a drug-resistant bacterial infection that typically affects patients receiving antibiotics.

  • The hospital patient’s safety checklist, part 2
    Source: Bangor Daily News (Monday July 11, 2011)

    Doctor authors patient safety checklist. Patient safety activist Kathy Day responds in the comment section.

  • Patient co-pilot checklist for safety — Part 1
    Source: Bangor Daily News (Monday June 27, 2011)

    Doctor authors patient safety checklist.

  • Public, patients have right to know hospitals' infection rates
    Source: (Monday July 11, 2011)

    Op-ed by Daniel M. Saman and Kevin T. Kavanagh, MD. “Although we’re a nation of statistics gatherers, there is one glaring omission in this endless list of measurements: how safe our health care facilities are.”

  • Prevention: A Better Use for Cotton Swabs Than Ear Cleaning
    Source: New York Times (Friday July 1, 2011)

    This study shows that, in even the most challenging cases, infections can be prevented or minimized significantly.

  • When the treatment makes patients sick
    Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Sunday June 12, 2011)

    New federal statistics offer consumers a first-ever look at how well metro Atlanta hospitals are doing at protecting patients from potentially deadly threats; Georgia does not require hospitals to publicly report infection rates and medical errors.

  • Denver Hospital Sets the Bar for Patient Safety
    Source: PBS (Thursday June 30, 2011)

    “[t]his safety net hospital for the poor and uninsured now has the lowest mortality rate of any academic medical center in the country.”

  • Kathy Day of Maine

    Her father’s ordeal after a minor injury convinced her that “consumers and patients cannot completely rely on our hospitals to protect us and our safety.”

  • Illinois is poised to reveal staph infections as killers
    Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Thursday June 30, 2011)

    Death certificates in IL will say whether the patient died of MRSA or other infections that are resistant to multiple drugs if they contributed to or caused a death.

  • ASC Infection Control Surveys: What Are They Finding?

    CDC researcher says unsafe infection practices, improper equipment reprocessing and poor environmental cleaning persist at ambulatory surgical centers.

  • Virginia, Tennessee hospitals save $1.2M via infection reductions
    Source: Healthcare Finance News (Friday June 24, 2011)

    After implementing a hand washing “action plan,” four hospitals in southwestern Virginia and eastern Tennessee reduced healthcare-acquired infection rates.

  • Simple Cotton Swab Slashes Post-Operative Surgery Site Infections

    Study finds cotton swabs slash infections in post-operative incision sites.

  • Illinois Appellate Court Ruling Means Hospitals Must Release Data about Incidents of MRSA Infections
    Source: dBusiness News (Wednesday June 29, 2011)

    A recent Illinois Appellate Court opinion, which reversed the decision of a lower court, will make it easier for all hospital patients who acquire methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureas (MRSA) to obtain medical records for the purpose of pursuing legal action.

  • California Hospitals Sue Over Reporting Infections
    Source: CBS San Francisco (Monday June 20, 2011)

    Features CU story sharers Bob and Val Flood.

  • New Hospital Infection Reporting Rules
    Source: KQED Radio (Thursday June 23, 2011)

    A San Francisco judge has ruled that California hospitals must expand their reporting of surgical infection rates to state regulators. The California Hospital Association tried to block the new reporting rules, which would require hospitals to track infection rates related to more than two dozen kinds of surgeries.

  • Judge upholds rules on hospital infection reports
    Source: San Francisco Chronicle (Thursday June 23, 2011)

    California hospitals lost their bid to avoid reporting their infection rates to the public. A California judge upheld a 2008 state law – one of the strongest in the nation – that calls on hospitals to report infections occurring from a broad array of surgeries.

  • Patients Demand Honesty about Staph Infections

    Radio coverage of the San Francisco rally to protest lawsuit against California’s hospital infection reporting law. Features CA-based activists Ty Moss of Nile’s Project and Tina Manasian.

  • Grave errors often not reported, data suggest
    Source: Reno Gazette-Journal (Sunday June 19, 2011)

    Nevada’s new reporting laws will help Nevadans make decisions about care and shed light on whether hospitals are reporting their errors accurately.

  • Rally on giving consumers info about Hospital-Acquired Infections

    Join Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project and CA hospital infection activists for a patient safety rally outside the San Francisco Superior Court next Wednesday, June 22 from 8:30-9:30am (400 McAllister St., San Francisco, CA 94102). The rally is meant to show visibility of hospital infection survivors and family members before the 9:30am court hearing concerning a CA lawsuit to block surgical infection reporting requirements.

  • State, hospitals spar in court over public reports on surgery infections
    Source: California Watch (Thursday June 16, 2011)

    The state attorney general’s office filed legal documents this week arguing that hospitals are required to file monthly reports on infections related to 29 types of surgeries, defending a legal challenge from the California Hospital Association.

  • Infection Risk Lurks in Hospital ICUs
    Source: WebMD Health News (Tuesday June 7, 2011)

    WebMD coverage of a new Consumer Reports Health study on central line-associated bloodstream infections in hospitals across the country. You can view the study here.

  • APIC, SHEA Seek to Block Infection Disclosure Rules in CA
    Source: HealthLeaders Media (Wednesday June 8, 2011)

    Hospital infection public disclosure fight in California.

  • Editorial: Hospital infections too deadly to ignore
    Source: Sacramento Bee (Wednesday June 1, 2011)

    Delaying progress on hospital infections in California is unacceptable.

  • Which hospital highest in infections?
    Source: Health News Florida (Wednesday May 25, 2011)

    Medicare’s release of central line associated bloodstream infections reveals problems at a Florida hospital with protecting patients from these harmful infections.

  • 44 states try new protocol, but not California
    Source: Sacramento Bee (Tuesday May 31, 2011)

    A hospital infection prevention program showing great results gets no welcome in California. According to the Sacramento Bee, leaders of the state’s hospital industry turned down an invitation to join the program two years ago, along with as much as $70,000 in federal funding.

  • UCD Med Center fights infections; VA facility finds success
    Source: Sacramento Bee (Monday May 30, 2011)

    An estimated 12,000 Californians die annually from preventable hospital infections, according to state Department of Public Health statistics. Read about what some California hospitals are doing to address the problem.

  • Deadly bacteria lurk inside hospital wards
    Source: Sacramento Bee (Sunday May 29, 2011)

    A lack of urgency at the California Department of Public Health stifles progress on hospital infection prevention, leaving California patients at risk.

  • Hospitals Face New Pressure To Cut Infection Rates
    Source: NPR (Saturday May 28, 2011)

    Starting this year, hospitals have to reveal their catheter-associated blood stream infections if they want their Medicare bills paid in full. Next year, they’ll have to report surgical-site infections. The list will grow longer in the coming years. Patient safety activist David Meyer shares his hospital infection story.

  • Health council says major heart surgery safer in Pennsylvania
    Source: Patriot News (Thursday May 19, 2011)

    The Pennsylvania Cost Containment Council has released a report on heart surgeries. The report includes number of deaths, infections, readmissions and other complications. It can be found at

  • Hospitals: Cuts jeopardize improvements
    Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (Wednesday May 25, 2011)

    Pennsylvania hospitals have more work to do until they reach zero infections. Read the PA hospital association report here.

  • Hospital infections often not reported
    Source: Reno Gazette (Monday May 16, 2011)

    A review of billing data shows that there are more infections in hospitals than are reported to the state.

  • HHS Unveils New Interactive Video to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections
    Source: US Department of Health and Human Services (Friday May 13, 2011)

    The training video allows you to chose different scenarios while in the hospital and lets you choose how you would react to different situations in order to avoid hospital infections.

  • Doctors Fret Over Rise In Prostate Biopsy Infections
    Source: NPR (Monday May 23, 2011)

    A recent U.S. study, conducted by Johns Hopkins researchers on records of more than 150,000 Medicare patients, found that 7 percent suffer serious complications requiring hospital care within 30 days after prostate biopsy. Some of these complications include infection.

  • Live health chat: Staying safe in the hospital
    Source: WPMT (Tuesday June 7, 2011)

    Join a live chat at noon CT (1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT) on Tuesday, June 7, to chat about hospital safety with Tribune reporter Judy Graham, and panelists Dr. Julia Hallisy (Empowered Patient Coalition) and Lisa McGiffert (Director of Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project).

  • Patient advocacy group aims to educate
    Source: Littleton Courier (Friday May 20, 2011)

    Lori Nerbonne and Kelly Grasso started advocating for reporting of hospital aquired infections and medical errors after their mother ultimately died of a series of medical errors, including hospital infections. They have since started a non-profit advocacy group called New Hampshire Patient Voices.

  • Safety of hospital stays greatly affected by staff and culture
    Source: Chicago Tribune (Thursday May 12, 2011)

    Still facing problems with patienty safety, hospitals must enact a culture change to make sure patients get the care they deserve. Features stories from patient safety advocates Kathy Day and Lori Nerbonne.

  • 21 dialysis clinics in S.C., including 1 in Moncks Corner, listed as having alarmingly high death rates
    Source: The Post and Courier (Saturday May 7, 2011)

    South Carolina dialysis patient, Tony Simmons, speaks out against the poor conditions he’s observed and errors he’s experienced, at a SC dialysis clinic. 19 percent of SC clinics had a “worse than expected” mortality rate, appearing more frequently than in neighboring states.

  • Patient's family seeks answers
    Source: St. Louis Post Dispatch (Thursday May 5, 2011)

    Ambiguous records at St. John’s and inability to get information frustrate wife and daughter of man, now deceased.

  • Prostate Exam Deaths From ‘Superbugs’ Spur Inquiry Into Cancer Tests
    Source: Bloomberg (Thursday May 5, 2011)

    Testing for prostate cancer may be over used by the medical profession as well as exposing patients to bacteria that can lead to deadly infections.

  • C diff Outbreak: 3 Deaths, 19 Cases
    Source: (Thursday May 13, 4)

    An outbreak of C difficile infections at United Memorial Medical Center is being linked to the death of three patients.

  • Wrestling with Recurrent Infections
    Source: The Scientist (Sunday May 1, 2011)

    Clostridium difficile is evolving more robust toxicity, repeatedly attacking its victims, and driving the search for alternative therapies to fight the infection.

  • Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority Issues Annual Report for 2010
    Source: Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority (Thursday April 28, 2011)

    The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority issued its 2010 Annual Report highlighting its Patient Safety Liaison (PSL) program and educational activities as well as reductions in healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in hospitals and nursing homes.

  • WHYY Radio: Hospital-Acquired Infections
    Source: WHYY Radio (Thursday April 28, 2011)

    Radio interview with patient advocate Kerry O’Connell about his battle with a hospital-acquired infection.

  • Sen. wants no repeat of VA hospital issues in Ohio
    Source: Chicago Tribune (Tuesday April 26, 2011)

    Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown held a hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs to insure that the infection failures be fixed at the Dayton VA hospital where VA investigators found that infection control policies were violated and a dentist failed for years to change gloves or sterilize instruments between patients.

  • Hospitals must change surgical scrub culture from within
    Source: William Heisel's Antidote: Investigating Untold Health Stories (Wednesday April 27, 2011)

    Julia Hallisy, cofounder of The Empowered Patient Coalition, writes about surgical scrubs transferring infections when they are worn outside the hospital

  • Family cries foul after fatal bacterial infection in Grapevine
    Source: Star-Telegram (Tuesday April 26, 2011)

    Despite the threat posed by MRSA infections — methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus — community-based facilities in Texas are not required to report such cases to local, state or federal health officials. Nor are hospitals required to report cases or notify residents of the same facility.

  • Health law takes aim at hospital infections
    Source: The News Journal (Thursday April 21, 2011)

    Lana Lawrence of Rehoboth Beach interviewed about the hospital infection she acquired after gallbladder surgery, which left her with a health care bill that was “easily over $100,000” mostly paid by her insurance company.

  • FDA: Hand Sanitizers Carry Unproven Claims to Prevent MRSA Infections
    Source: Food and Drug Administration (Wednesday April 20, 2011)

    Some hand sanitizers and antiseptic products come with claims that they can prevent MRSA infections. Don’t believe them. These statements are unproven, says the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

  • "Please, please don't infect me"
    Source: Times Union (Monday April 18, 2011)

    Cathleen Crowley reports on the healthcare-acquired infections panel at the annual conference of the Association of Health Care Journalists, where patient safety activist Kerry O’Connell served as a panelist.

  • CDC issues guidance on preventing bloodstream infections
    Source: American Medical News (Tuesday April 19, 2011)

    Hospitals are required to report their ICU central-line infection rates or risk losing 2% in Medicare pay.

  • Las Vegas Sun named Pulitzer Prize finalist for series on hospital care in Las Vegas
    Source: Daily Reporter (Monday April 18, 2011)

    Marshall Allen and Alex Richards wokrdded two years on an investigative report on the safety of Las Vegas hospitals, combing through almost 3 millioin billing records. Read the series The series “Do No Harm: Hospital Care in Las Vegas.”

  • Health care transparency bills clear state Senate committee
    Source: Las Vegas Sun (Thursday April 14, 2011)

    Nevada has come a long way getting hospital safety information to the public. Five bills this session require public reporting of infections and other medical errors.

  • Partnership for Patients aims to cut errors
    Source: San Antonio Express-News (Friday April 15, 2011)

    A recently announced initiative announced by the federal government aims to reduce medical harm like the kind suffered by William Wittman of San Antonio.

  • Reducing the Cost of Medical Errors: Spend A Little To Save A Lot
    Source: Health Beat Blog (Wednesday April 13, 2011)

    Maggie Mahar blogs on the significant cost savings from the Department of Health and Human Services initiative to invest money to prevent serious errors and frequent hospital admissions,

  • Alicia Cole, Actor - Creating a Legacy After Her Hospital Infection Experience
    Source: Patient Empowerment (Wednesday April 13, 2011)

    Q&A with Alicia Cole about surviving a flesh-eating infection she acquired after a routine surgery in 2006, and the legacy she is creating by using her story to advocate for patient safety.

  • Actor Alicia Cole - Supporting Others After Her Flesh Eating Bacteria Experience
    Source: Patient Empowerment (Thursday April 14, 2011)

    Alicia Cole has devoted years of her time and energy advocating to making hospitals safer after catching a flesh-eating bacteria in the hospital that almost took her life.

  • Southern California Hospitals Taking Action To Combat Spread of Drug-Resistant 'Superbug'
    Source: California Healthline (Wednesday April 13, 2011)

    Audio report about hospitals are dealing with highly drug-resistant bacteria that can lead to harmful infections. Interview features Julia Hallisy, co-found of the Empowered Patient Coalition.

  • Op-Ed: Giving Doctors Orders
    Source: New York Times (Tuesday April 12, 2011)

    NYT Columnist Maureen Dowd shares her story about her brother contracting four infections in the ICU, and the challenge of asking your doctors and nurses to wash their hands before touching you or your loved ones.

  • Study Finds Drop in Deadly V.A. Hospital Infections
    Source: New York Times (Wednesday April 13, 2011)

    A four-year MRSA prevention program yields significant results–CDC should make MRSA screening a tier one prevention category.

  • White House targets medical errors
    Source: Los Angeles Times (Wednesday April 13, 2011)

    The Obama administration announced Tuesday an initiative aimed at reducing the number of medical errors that occur in U.S. hospitals.

  • New hospital-safety plan leaves patients in the dark
    Source: Consumer Reports Health (Tuesday April 12, 2011)

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced a new hospital-safety plan for the nation, but they left out any mention of letting patients know how things are going.

  • How Safe is Your Hospital? NV Legislation Addresses the Issues
    Source: Public News Service (Tuesday April 12, 2011)

    “Nevadans could find out a whole lot more about infection rates and other safety issues at local hospitals and nursing homes, with five bills on such matters up for discussion today in the Legislature.”

  • HHS takes aim at medical errors, health care costs
    Source: CNN Health (Tuesday April 12, 2011)

    CU’s Safe Patient Project Director, Lisa McGiffert, quoted by CNN health blog on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) “Partnership for Patients” initiative.

  • Medicare releases data on hospital errors
    Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Thursday April 7, 2011)

    Medicare now offers some information on medical errors to allow patients to compare hospitals’ safety records.

  • Hospital checklist cut infections, saved lives
    Source: CNN (Friday April 8, 2011)

    Hospitals that implemented a program including a simple, five-point checklist managed to decrease rates of an infection that kills 31,000 patients every year, according to a new study done for the federal government.

  • Antibiotic resistance: Bacteria are winning the war
    Source: Guardian UK (Thursday April 7, 2011)

    Can we reduce drug resistant bacterial infections by controlling the use of antibiotics?

  • Hospital infection disclosure bills gaining support
    Source: Las Vegas Sun (Tuesday April 5, 2011)

    A package of bills to require hospitals and other medical facilities to expand their reporting of infections acquired by patients under their care appears to be gaining support.

  • Media Reports about Drug-Resistant Infections
    Source: CDC Safe Healthcare Blog (Tuesday March 29, 2011)

    CDC’s Arjun Srinivasan, MD: “We have prevention recommendations–they just need to be enacted.”

  • CT Hospitals Beat National Average On ICU Bloodstream Infections
    Source: CT Health I-Team (Thursday March 31, 2011)

    This report is the first of its kind in Connecticut, allowing consumers to view central line associated bloodstream infection data reported by Connecticut hospitals.

  • Connecticut Department of Health Issues First Public Report of Hospital Infections
    Source: Becker's ASC Review (Thursday March 31, 2011)

    The Connecticut Department of Public Health has released a report on central line-associated bloodstream infections acquired in Connecticut acute-care hospitals.

  • Drug-resistant strain of pneumonia shows up in Southern California
    Source: Ventura County Star (Wednesday March 30, 2011)

    A drug-resistant strain of bacterial pneumonia thought to be contained on the East Coast has shown up in unexpectedly high numbers in Southern California, but so far the numbers have not spiked in Ventura County.

  • Video: Drug-Resistant Bacterium Can Kill
    Source: ABC News (Friday March 25, 2011)

    ABC News reports on a new superbug (CRKP) speading across the country and powerful medicines are unable to treat them. Steve Winters interviewed about his mother who died after acquiring multiple hospital infections.

  • Harrison infection rates improve, but remain higher than state averages
    Source: Kitsap Sun (Monday March 28, 2011)

    WA hospital says infection reporting is helping

  • Superbug CRKP Increasing in California; 350+ Superbug Infections
    Source: ThirdAge (Wednesday March 30, 2011)

    Superbug Klebsiella pneumoniae, or CRKP, has been found in a number of Los Angeles County hospitals and nursing homes.

  • Feds to Follow ProPublica, Release Dialysis Clinic Data
    Source: ProPublica (Tuesday March 29, 2011)

    Federal regulators say they are moving to make once-confidential data about the performance of kidney dialysis clinics more readily available to the public.

  • Son Campaigns Against Hospital-Borne Infections That Killed Mom
    Source: (Friday March 25, 2011)

    Steve Winters’ mother died last year of infections he says she contracted while in the hospital. Now he’s joined a campaign to publicize what health experts say is a growing menace.

  • A century later, openess still gets tepid embrace
    Source: Las Vegas Sun (Sunday March 27, 2011)

    Even though progress has been made, still, some in the health care industry resist the calls for transparency.

  • Admitting harm protects patients
    Source: Las Vegas Sun (Sunday March 27, 2011)

    A transparency battle is underway in Nevada. Nevada lawmakers are considering bills requiring hospitals statewide to publicly report injuries suffered in their facilities and other quality measures.

  • Bills would make hospitals’ data on safety issues public
    Source: Las Vegas Sun (Thursday March 24, 2011)

    Several patient safety bills have been filed in the Nevada legislature in hopes of bringing more transparency to medical care in Nevada hospitals.

  • 'Superbug' spreading to Southern California hospitals
    Source: LA Times (Thursday March 24, 2011)

    More than 350 cases of Carbapenem-Resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae, or CRKP, have been reported at healthcare facilities in Los Angeles County, mostly among elderly patients at skilled-nursing and long-term care facilities, according to a study by Dr. Dawn Terashita, an epidemiologist with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

  • Curbing Infections in American Hospitals
    Source: FOXBusiness (Thursday March 24, 2011)

    Hospitals can eliminate most infections through good infection control.

  • Op-ed: UK wrong to downplay loss of nursing honor
    Source: Kentucky Herald (Monday March 21, 2011)

    Dr. Kevin Kavanagh writes an op-ed on nursing care and public reporting of hospital infections.

  • Hospital-Acquired Infections: A First-hand Account
    Source: The California Report KQED (Thursday March 17, 2011)

    David Meyer, a former contractor who lives in the Sacramento area, found himself in the hospital after a motorcycle accident five years ago. His surgery wouldn’t heal for nearly a year – the result of an undiagnosed infection.

  • Medical Harm: What's a consumer to do?

    Interviews with a consumer advocate (Betsy Imholz) and a journalist (William Heisel) about their work to make medical harm information more transparent, and what consumers can do to inform themselves.

  • Preventing Hospital-Acquired Infections: Patients Must Be "Safety Partners"
    Source: Better Health (Wednesday March 9, 2011)

    Guest post by Dr. Julia Hallisy on hospital-acquired infections and patient tips for avoiding infections.

  • Hospital infection rate down since 2006
    Source: Pittsburgh Business Times (Friday February 25, 2011)

    People who picked up an infection during a hospital stay in Pennsylvania in 2009 were more than five times as likely to die than those who did not, according to a new report.

  • Hospital-acquired germs cause thousands of re-admissions
    Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (Friday February 25, 2011)

    Hospital-acquired germs may have contributed to several thousand rehospitalizations in Pennsylvania, according to a health care review agency.

  • Hospital infections still a problem in Pennsylvania
    Source: The Times-Tribune (Friday February 25, 2011)

    Health care-associated infections across the state dropped 12.5 percent from 2008 to 2009.

  • Hospital infection tied to readmission
    Source: (Friday February 25, 2011)

    Pennsylvanians who developed an infection during a hospital stay were nearly five times more likely to be readmitted than healthy patients, and the highest readmission rates were among older patients and ones who had surgery, a new report released today says.

  • Infections increase chance of hospital re-admission, PHC4 report says
    Source: Philadelphia Business Journal (Friday February 25, 2011)

    Three out of every 10 Pennsylvania patients who acquired a health-care associated infection (HAI) in 2009 were readmitted to the hospital within 30 days for an infection or complication, according to a new report released today by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council.

  • Infections: A threat to hospitals and patients
    Source: The Morning Call (Friday February 25, 2011)

    Reducing the number of health care-associated infections is not only in patients’ best interest, hospitals’ economic health might also depend on it.

  • Pennsylvania shows hospital infections can follow you home
    Source: (Friday February 25, 2011)

    If you’re unlucky enough to catch an infection at the hospital, there’s a good chance the bad luck will follow you home. A new report from a state agency found that 30 percent of people who get an infection during a hospital stay are readmitted within 30 days because of infection or complication.

  • Glenwood case led to national recall
    Source: Glenwood Springs Post Independent (Thursday March 10, 2011)

    Local boy who’s battling leukemia contracted bacterial infection from tainted alcohol wipes recalled by the FDA two months later.

  • MGH faces suit over drug error that killed woman
    Source: Boston Globe (Thursday March 10, 2011)

    Massachusetts woman dies from drug overdose in the hospital. The hospital staff gave her a large dosage of blood thinner which resulted in internal bleeding and ultimately death.

  • Op Ed: Hospital acquired infection is the gorilla in the room
    Source: Minute Man News Service (Wednesday March 9, 2011)

    “I guess America’s present “Wild West” health care system does allow lots of folks to make a handsome profit. But the rest of us are suffering from high health insurance premiums and unacceptably high fatality rates caused by medical errors.”

  • HealthGrades study finds patients are 46% less likely to experience error in top-rated hospitals

    The study finds there is a significant gap in the probability of experience a patient safety event between hospitals with good patient safety records and those with lower patient safety performance standards.

  • Do expensive buildings improve health care?
    Source: Concord Monitor (Thursday March 3, 2011)

    Patient safety advocate Lori Nerbonne argues that the $1billion spent on new hospital buildings in New Hampshire since 2000 has not resulted in better quality care.

  • CDC: Infection rates dropping but more work needed
    Source: Fierce Healthcare (Wednesday March 2, 2011)

    Consumers Union stated that public reporting in the states has made it possible to track progress.

  • Group says health care attire should stay in hospitals
    Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (Monday February 21, 2011)

    Many health care workers are not required to remove their scrubs before leaving work. That attire can carry harmful bacteria such as C.diff, a common bacteria that can cause violent diarrhea.

  • 9 Md. hospitals report higher-than-average rates of complications
    Source: Washington Post (Thursday February 24, 2011)

    Patients at one of every five Maryland hospitals suffered higher-than-state-average rates of infections, pneumonia and other complications last year, and most of those medical centers will face a financial penalty as a result, regulators say.

  • Video: Donald Berwick on Healthcare-Associated Infections
    Source: National Journal (Wednesday March 2, 2011)

    Safe Patient Project campaign director, Lisa McGiffert, speaks on a National Journal panel discussion on the effect of healthcare-associated infections on the quality and cost of healthcare delivery in the United States featuring Donald Berwick, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

  • Letter to the editor: Support improved MRSA prevention in Maine hospitals
    Source: The Portland Press Herald (Sunday February 13, 2011)

    Patient safety activist Kathy Day, RN: “L.D. 267 would strengthen the current MRSA mandates, extend it to nursing homes, and require public reporting of all hospital acquired MRSA, regular staph infections, C Difficile and VRE (all are dangerous hospital infections).”

  • Safety: Wound Care May Matter More Than Antibiotics
    Source: New York Times (Friday February 25, 2011)

    NY Times on study re treating children with MRSA skin infections

  • MRSA, moms and babies
    Source: Chicago Tribune (Thursday July 23, 2009)

    Summary of articles about MRSA in the pregnant population.

  • Download event flyerFree Workshop in Denver March 5, 2011: Finding Your Way Through a Safe Healthcare Journey

    Free Workshop by Patty Skolnik, Founder and Director, Citizens for Patient Safety. Must RSVP. For more information contact Breanna Sakis (

  • Released hospital patients' many unhappy returns
    Source: San Francisco Chronicle (Wednesday February 16, 2011) new study found that 20 percent of California patients were readmitted to the hospital within 30 days at an annual cost of $250 million. The study blames poor discharge planning but also patient complications, which we know can often be the result of infections and medical errors. The report by the California Discharge Planning Cooperative can be found here.

  • MRSA cases on rise throughout state
    Source: Northwest Herald (Wednesday February 16, 2011)

    Cases of MRSA reported by IL hospitals throughout the state are on the rise.

  • CDC: Deadly Superbug "C-Diff” Spreading
    Source: CBS Boston (Tuesday February 8, 2011)

    Patient interviewed about her experience with C-diff, an infection she picked up after getting knee replacement surgery.

  • Blue Island Teen Dies from Sepsis After Root Canal
    Source: Sun-Times Media Wire (Friday February 11, 2011)

    IL teen dies from sepsis after root canal surgery.

  • Why Are Hospitals the Worst Place to Be When You are Sick?
    Source: Huffington Post (Sunday February 6, 2011)

    “I was shocked and deeply disturbed to discover the many ways that our healthcare system dishonors, alienates and harms our loved ones entrusted to it.”

  • Bill seeks to reduce MRSA and other hospital-acquired infections
    Source: Bangor Daily News (Saturday February 5, 2011)

    New legislation is pending in Augusta to strengthen recent MRSA tracking, prevention and reporting, not only in Maine hospitals but in nursing homes as well.

  • Study Shows Where MRSA Colonizes on the Human Body

    A new study from Rhode Island Hospital now sheds light on both the quantity of MRSA at different body sites and the relationship between the quantities at different sites.

  • Hospitals actively seeking to reduce infections in facilities
    Source: The Press-Enterprise (Saturday January 22, 2011)

    Hospital infections in California are getting more attention following the release of the state’s first hospital-acquired infection report this year.

  • Kentucky bill would require reporting of hospital-acquired infections
    Source: (Sunday January 23, 2011)

    Kentucky hospitals would be required to report all infections patients acquire during hospital stays under a proposal pending before the state legislature.

  • Kentucky voices: State reporting on hospital infections lax, dangerous
    Source: (Friday January 21, 2011)

    Dr. Kevin Kavanagh: Public reporting is an essential component of controlling health care-acquired infections. Twenty-seven states, but not Kentucky, have laws requiring public reporting.

  • Hospital Infections Report: Vague But Useful?

    Patient safety activist from Colorado, Kerry O’Connell, who sits on the state’s hospital infection advisory committee, discusses Colorado’s hospital infection report with CPR.

  • Toward a 21st-Century Regulatory System
    Source: Wall Street Journal (Tuesday January 18, 2011)

    President Obama mentions hospital infections and medical devices in his op ed re cutting red tape.

  • A family battles MRSA after losing a child
    Source: Chicago Tribune (Sunday July 19, 2009)

    MRSA in moms and babies

  • Receiving care can be painful
    Source: (Saturday January 8, 2011)

    News coverage of California’s first hospital infection report.

  • State health department disavows accuracy of its own report on hospital infections
    Source: (Friday January 7, 2011)

    Although California’s first hospital infection report isn’t easy to navigate, going public with these numbers will reduce infection rates because it forces hospitals to create a system that searches for and documents infections.

  • Infections halved with private rooms: study
    Source: CBC News (Monday January 10, 2011)

    Patients in intensive care staying in private rooms have half the rate of some hospital-acquired infections as patients in shared rooms, a new Montreal study shows.

  • Patients first: Experts look at hospitals that emphasize safety
    Source: Las Vegas Sun (Monday January 10, 2011)

    The panel: Marshall Allen, Las Vegas Sun health care reporter and author of the “Do No Harm” series; Dr. Timothy McDonald, co-executive director of the Institute for Patient Safety Excellence at the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago; Dr. Mitchell Forman, president of the Clark County Medical Society; and Sandra Coletta, CEO of Kent Hospital in Warwick, R.I.

  • State report on hospital-acquired infections falls short of goal
    Source: Redlands Daily Facts (Saturday January 8, 2011)

    “There is an extraordinary degree of couching on this report,” said Betsy Imholz special projects director for Consumer’s Union in San Francisco. “It is not very consumer friendly,” she said, adding that Consumer’s Union is preparing a full analysis of the report for release at a later date.

  • CMS requires hospitals to report bloodstream infections in ICUs
    Source: American Medical News (Monday January 10, 2011)

    Catheter-related infections have been the focus of campaigns for prevention checklists. Data will go public this year.

  • State compares hospitals' admissions, death rates
    Source: San Francisco Chronicle (Sunday January 9, 2011)

    SF Chronicle coverage of California’s first hospital infection report.

  • 20 California Hospitals that did not report their Hospital Acquired Infection incidents
    Source: CHCF Center for Health Reporting (Sunday January 2, 2010)

    List of California Hospitals that did not report to the state on their Hospital Acquired Infection incidents, January 2009-March 2010

  • Simple Steps Prevent Hospital Infections and Save Lives
    Source: Voice of OC (Tuesday December 21, 2010)

    Dr. Peter Pronovost has a simple checklist program that would help CA hospitals save lives and dollars.

  • Two OC Hospitals Say They Are Winning War Against Infections
    Source: Voice of OC (Tuesday December 21, 2010)

    Orange County hospitals comment on hospital infections.

  • State's first report on hospital infections seen as incomplete
    Source: Ventura County Star (Monday January 3, 2011)

    News coverage of California’s first hospital infection public report.

  • Hospitals, senior citizens to see health care changes in new year
    Source: The Greenville News (Monday January 3, 2011)

    The new health care reform law supports hospital infection reporting efforts in South Carolina.

  • State Gathering Info on Hospital-Acquired Infections
    Source: California Healthline (Wednesday January 5, 2011)

    Coverage of California’s first hospital infection public report.

  • 'You can’t kill my mother and get away with it'
    Source: Las Vegas Sun (Sunday December 26, 2010)

    Article by Marshall Allen after attending Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project 2010 summit.

  • How to put patients first
    Source: Las Vegas Sun (Sunday December 26, 2010)

    Part 5 in the Las Vegas Sun series Do No Harm: Hospital Care in Las Vegas.

  • Hospitalized kids infected by C. diff a growing problem
    Source: Fierce Healthcare (Monday January 4, 2010)

    C. diff in kids is a growing problem, study finds.

  • Sen. Grassley Demands Information on Dialysis Clinic Conditions
    Source: ProPublica (Wednesday December 22, 2010)

    In response to an investigation by ProPublica, U.S. Senator Grassley is demanding answers from federal regulators about the care patients are receiving at U.S. dialysis facilities.

  • First state report on hospital infections disappoints
    Source: The Sacramento Bee (Friday December 31, 2010)

    Sacramento Bee story on the first CA hospital infection report, which features quotes from Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project as well as Kimberly Ratcliff, who lost her daughter to numerous hospital acquired infections.

  • Hospital infections study a first, but unreliable
    Source: Associated Press (Thursday December 30, 2010)

    The California Department of Public Health has released the state’s first hospital infection public report, but CA needs to work harder to make sure that all hospitals are providing complete and accurate infection data and that this information is presented in a format that the public can understand.

  • Holding hospitals accountable: Reporting hospital-acquired infections
    Source: Sacramento Press (Tuesday December 21, 2010)

    Article about hospital infection reporting in California, featuring the stories of patient safety activists, Carole Moss and Kimberly Ratliff, who both lost children from hospital acquired infections.

  • California at Last Joins Other Large States in Tracking Infections
    Source: Voice of OC (Tuesday December 21, 2010)

    Schwarzenegger’s signature on Nile’s Law in 2008 made California the last of the largest states to require hospital-by-hospital infection data. The new California reports, to be released Jan. 3, will give consumers information about four kinds of hospital-acquired infections.

  • A Mother's Fight Forces Hospitals to Confront Infections
    Source: Voice of OC (Tuesday December 21, 2010)

    “After Carole Moss’s 15-year-old son died of an infection in 2006 in a Children’s Hospital of Orange County facility, she launched a one-woman crusade to force hospitals throughout California to reveal how many of their patients contract serious infections.”

  • Why We Still Kill Patients: Invisibility, Inertia, And Income
    Source: Health Affairs Blog (Monday December 6, 2010)

    “What for me struck a particularly jarring note was not just the absence of improvement, but the reluctance of the health care leaders interviewed to speak candidly about why progress has been so slow.”

  • New Rules Require Hospitals to Report ICU Infections
    Source: McClatchy News (Thursday December 9, 2010)

    Most U.S. hospitals on Jan. 1 will begin reporting the number of patients who contract bloodstream infections following their treatment in intensive-care units. And the informaiton will be available on a government website in 2011.

  • Infection rates fall at Rhode Island ICUs in joint effort
    Source: Providence Journal (Sunday December 5, 2010)

    The Rhode Island ICU Collaborative, recorded significant drops in two types of especially deadly infections in the 23 intensive-care units at the state’s 11 acute-care hospitals. In more than half the units, these infections were eliminated altogether for six consecutive months.

  • 'C-Diff' Superbug On The Rise: Last-Ditch Method At Fighting Intestinal Bug
    Source: Huffington Post (Monday December 13, 2010)

    More doctors are performing fecal tranplants on C.diff infected patients when the strongest antibiotics don’t work.

  • Getting at the truth behind hospitals' published infection rates
    Source: Seattle Times (Sunday December 5, 2010)

    Washington’s hospital infection reporting law needs a provision to require data validation in order to insure the consumer is getting the best infomation.

  • Hospital Care in Las Vegas: Why we suffer
    Source: Las Vegas Sun (Sunday November 14, 2010)

    Substandard hospital care has roots in a culture of seeking profits, shunning best practices, turning away from problems.

  • 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.

  • MRSA infections (video)
    Source: (Friday November 19, 2010)

    Activist Michael Bennett sharing his story in the wake of the Office of Inspector General report on medical errors.

  • Superbugs call for super changes in drug-sale rules
    Source: Boston Globe (Monday November 15, 2010)

    Boston Globe editorial on stopping the overuse of antibiotics to help in the fight against resistant infections.

  • Hospital Accused Of Putting Patients At Risk To Cut Costs
    Source: WISN Milwaukee (Thursday November 4, 2010)

    Patients in Wisconsin speak out after suffering hospital acquired infections.

  • In Dialysis, Life-Saving Care at Great Risk and Cost
    Source: ProPublica (Tuesday November 9, 2010)

    Dangerous dialysis that can harm or infect US kidney patients exposed in a ProPublica’s recent investigation.

  • Antibiotics Research Subsidies Weighed by U.S.
    Source: New York Times (Friday November 5, 2010)

    With superbugs getting smarter everyday, the development of new antibiotics is considered by health care stakeholders.

  • Hospital Accused Of Putting Patients At Risk To Cut Costs
    Source: (Friday November 5, 2010)

    5 Lawsuits Filed Against Columbia St. Mary’s in Milwaukee.

  • Elderly Women at Higher Risk for Unnecessary Urinary Catheterization
    Source: (Monday November 1, 2010)

    New study in American Journal of Infection Control: Women were 1.9 times more likely than men, and the very elderly (greater than 80 years) were 2.9 times more likely than those 50 years and younger, to have a urinary catheter inappropriately placed.

  • Mississippi VA Medical Center Fails to Properly Disinfect Surgical Instruments

    A Veterans Affairs (VA) investigation confirmed that improperly cleaned and poorly sanitized instruments were distributed to clinics and operating rooms at a MS VA center.

  • Senate Probes Reasons for Adverse Hospital Events
    Source: California Healthline (Thursday October 21, 2010)

    The CA Senate Health committee held a hearing to discuss the California Department of Public Health’s status on implementing hospital infection public reporting and preventing adverse events in California hospitals. Consumers Union has found that the Department has been lagging in these areas leaving patients at risk.

  • Solutions to hospital infections are sought
    Source: Arizona Daily Star (Tuesday October 19, 2010)

    AZ state committee doesn’t think you should see AZ hospital infection rates because you won’t understand it.

  • Drug-resistant bacterium raises alarms in Chicago
    Source: Chicago Tribune (Friday October 22, 2010)

    Klebsiella pneumoniae Carbapenemase bacteria, KPC, has been spreading in Chicago hospitals and nursing homes. These gram-negative bacteria are resistant to antibiotics.

  • NDM-1: New Route, Same Destination – Untreatable Infections
    Source: CDC Safe Healthcare Blog (Friday September 17, 2010)

    CDC’s Brandi Limbago, PhD writes about the problem of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) infections caused by gram-negative bacteria that normally live in our intestines, and motivating healthcare providers to take the recommended steps towards prevention.

  • As sepsis turns fatal fast, more aggressive care urged
    Source: USA Today (Saturday October 9, 2010)

    Article about possible ways to combat sepsis, an out-of-control reaction to infection that can start shutting down organs in mere hours.

  • Drug-resistant bladder bug raises growing concerns
    Source: MSNBC (Tuesday October 5, 2010)

    A rare but aggressive strain of multi-drug-resistant E. coli bacteria, dubbed E. coli ST131, could be responsible for up to 1 million bladder infections and for more than 3,000 deaths a year from infections that started out in the urinary tract.

  • U.S., California probe Prime Healthcare
    Source: LA Times (Tuesday October 12, 2010)

    Investigators are trying to determine whether hospital chain’s reportedly high rate of blood poisoning cases is a health problem or involves fraudulent billing.

  • Infection Cases Prompting Fraud Concerns at Calif. Hospital Chain
    Source: California Healthline (Tuesday October 12, 2010)

    HHS and the Department of Justice are investigating whether a surge in infections among hospitals run by California-based Prime Healthcare Services reflects serious health issues or possible Medicare fraud, according to a California Watch analysis, the Los Angeles Times reports.

  • Mothers to lead free training on Staying Safe in the Hospital – Join us in San Diego on Saturday
    Source: MomsRising Blog (Thursday October 7, 2010)

    Mothers will lead a patient safety training sponsored by Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project.

  • CDC chief picks 6 'winnable battles' in health
    Source: Associated Press (Saturday October 30, 2010)

    The Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has picked health care infections as one of six priorities — winnable battles, he calls them.

  • Alarming Uptick of Deadly Superbugs in Hospitals
    Source: CBS (Thursday September 30, 2010)

    CBS news coverage of deadly superbugs. Activist Kacia Warren interviewed about her mother, who was infected with acinetobactor in the hospital after surgery and lost her life.

  • When the drugs don't work
    Source: Sydney Morning Herald (Thursday September 30, 2010)

    The age of antibiotics could end without a concerted world-wide effort to confront drug resistant bacteria.

  • Thousands Die For Want Of A Simple Cure

    Article about hospital infections in the DC-Maryland-Virginia area. Activist Michael Bennett quoted about the tragic loss of his father due to hospital-acquired infections.

  • Long Island hospital infections decline, mostly
    Source: WSHU Public Radio (Thursday September 23, 2010)

    Link to article about hospital infection rates in Suffolk County/Long Island.

  • Iowa: Hospital Associated Infection prevention steering committee sets healthcare- associated infection reduction targets for the new year
    Source: Iowa (Monday September 20, 2010)

    “The HAI prevention targets include a 25 percent reduction in catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) and a 30 percent reduction in Clostridium difficile infections (CDI) related to hospitalization.”

  • Man's Antibiotic Use Brings on Debilitating Disease
    Source: The Ledger (Tuesday September 14, 2010)

    Man is wrongly diagnosed and given powerful antibiotics, develops C.diff and still suffering from it two years later.

  • HVISA Linked To High Mortality By Henry Ford Hospital Study
    Source: Medical News Today (Wednesday September 15, 2010)

    A MRSA infection with a reduced susceptibility to the potent antibiotic drug vancomycin is linked to high mortality, according to a Henry Ford Hospital study.

  • New drug-resistant superbugs found in 3 states
    Source: Associated Press (Tuesday September 14, 2010)

    The NDM-1 superbug (widespread in India) has sickened people in 3 states, the CDC reports.

  • Groups call for mandatory flu shots for health care workers
    Source: Seattle Times (Monday September 13, 2010)

    More professional organizations are calling for mandatory health care worker flu vaccinations.

  • Do No Harm: Hospital Care in Las Vegas

    This is the summary of all of the articles the Las Vegas Sun has done on medical harm.

  • Open the window on hospital errors
    Source: Times Union (Wednesday September 8, 2010)

    Editorial on NY rates declining in the latest public report: “Simply put, there is every indication that New York’s hospitals are cleaner and safer as a result of this law.”

  • Keeping an Eye on Hospital Safety
    Source: Columbia Journalism Review (Thursday September 2, 2010)

    In a state where gamblers can easily access the odds on any video poker machine, Nevada patients have had no way of knowing their odds of being injured in a hospital, the Las Vegas Sun told its readers in part one of a splendid series on hospital safety. The series, by reporters Marshall Allen and Alex Richards, aims to change that.

  • Cockroaches could help combat MRSA and E.coli
    Source: Telegraph (Saturday September 4, 2010)

    Cockroaches and locusts contain powerful antibiotic molecules in their brains that could be used to develop new treatments against MRSA and E-coli, scientists have discovered.

  • NH patient advocacy group becoming a nonprofit
    Source: AP (Monday September 6, 2010)

    Patient safety advocate Lori Nerbonne and her sister Kelly Grasso have been working to make hospitals safer in New Hampshire and have now officially become and non-profit and launched a website:

  • Caifornia healthcare workers' flu vaccination rates lagging
    Source: (Friday September 3, 2010)

    Only 52 percent of California hospital employees have received flu vaccinations, a Consumers Union study shows. And the advocacy group says that is detrimental to the state’s health.

  • Report: Only 50 Percent of Hospital Workers Vaccinated Against Flu
    Source: Capital Public Radio's "KXJZ News (Thursday September 2, 2010)

    UC Davis responds to Consumers Union’s report on low flu vaccination rates at California hosppitals.

  • Half of hospital workers didn’t get flu shots, Consumers Union finds
    Source: (Thursday September 2, 2010)

    Consumers Union’s report on low flu vaccination rates among California health care workers is based on inacurrate data according to the head of the CA Department of Public Health who provided the data to Consumers Union.

  • Nearly half of healthcare workers in California hospitals did not receive flu shots
    Source: Los Angeles Times (Thursday September 2, 2010)

    LA Times coverage of Consumers Union report on low healthcare worker flu vaccination rates.

  • Isolation, an Ancient and Lonely Practice, Endures
    Source: New York Times (Monday August 30, 2010)

    Essay on the human suffering involved with infected patients who have to be isolated for infection control.

  • Letter to the Editor: Prevent infections
    Source: The Courier-Journal (Tuesday August 24, 2010)

    Letter to the editor from a woman whose husband died from hospital infection.

  • '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.”

  • Experts offer perspective on NDM-1 resistance threat
    Source: CIDRAP (Friday August 20, 2010)

    Three cases of this drug resistant bacteria have been documented in the U.S. Experts say other drug resistant bacteria are more prevelant in the U.S.

  • Infection Offensive
    Source: Memphis Daily News (Monday August 23, 2010)

    Public reporting of hospital infections in Tennessee has allowed hospitals and consumers to measure hospitals’ progress over time at preventing infection. Some hospitals are stepping up their efforts to reduce central line-associated bloodstream infections.

  • WA: Harrison Highest in State for Central Line Infection Rate in 2009
    Source: Kitsap Sun (Thursday August 19, 2010)

    “Harrison Medical Center in 2009 had the highest central-line infection rate of any of Washington state’s 63 hospitals with intensive-care units. The Bremerton-based hospital also had the fourth-highest rate of pneumonia linked to the use of ventilators among the state’s 37 community hospitals, according to the Washington Department of Health (DOH).”

  • Do No Harm: Hospital Care in Las Vegas

    Parts 1 and 2 of an investigative series by the Las Vegas Sun of hospital safety. The articles focus on hospital infections and preventable injuries. They also explain the limited information available to consumers and why the state has failed to provide this information.

  • New superbug found in Alberta
    Source: Okotoks Western Wheel (Thursday August 19, 2010)

    A new superbug that is making its way aroung the world has been discovered. “British researchers are being credited with the discovery of new bacteria with the gene allowing it to produce an enzyme called New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase 1, or NDM-1.” Two cases have been discovered in Canada.

  • NH: State releases first hospital infection report
    Source: Union Leader (Tuesday August 17, 2010)

    The long overdue report is in response to a 2006 state law requiring reporting of central line bloodstream infections. and infections acquired after heart, colon and knee surgeries. A separate report details influenza vaccination rates among hospital staff.

  • Antibiotics' efficiency wanes due to global spread of drug-resistant bacteria
    Source: The Guardian (Wednesday August 11, 2010)

    The efficiency of antibiotics is decreasing due to the spread of a bacterial gene conferring high levels of drug resistance.

  • Missouri reverses policy that removed older data on hospital infections
    Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Wednesday August 18, 2010)

    The Missouri Department of Health has agreed to change its policy of purging hospital infection data that was over a year old. Now consumers can view hospital infection prevention performance over years rather than just having access to one year worth of performance data.

  • Missouri purges data from infection records
    Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Tuesday August 17, 2010)

    Siting costs to keep the old data, the Missouri Health Department is deleting infection data from past years making it impossible to see if a hospitals infection prevention record improves or declines over time.

  • Initial N.H. report finds fewer cases of hospital infections

    New Hampshire released the first report on health care associated infections. The law was passed in 2006 and results have finally been published.

  • Nevada changing law on reporting lethal hospital 'bugs'
    Source: Las Vegas Sun (Thursday August 12, 2010)

    Nevada hospitals will be required to report certain infections but information from individual hospitals will not be available to the public.

  • New 'superbug' found in UK hospitals
    Source: BBC (Wednesday August 11, 2010)

    A new superbug that is resistant to even the most powerful antibiotics has entered UK hospitals, experts warn.

  • Hygiene, cleaning key to halting C. diff infection
    Source: Reno Gazette-Journal (Sunday July 25, 2010)

    Recent research shows that when hospital anti-infection procedures are strictly followed, the rate of C. diff infection dwindles.

  • Outbreak blamed for death
    Source: Winnipeg Free Press (Tuesday June 8, 2010)

    Woman at Canadian hospital shares her story about her father dying from a severe blood infection linked to a Serratia marcescens outbreak in the hospital.

  • Eaten Alive: 5-Year Battle With Flesh-Eating Germ
    Source: ABC News (Monday August 9, 2010)

    Story about a young mother who acquired a flesh-eating hospital infection while hospitalized for childbirth, and had to endure five years of struggle with countless surgeries, prolonged hospital stays and a broken family.

  • A breakthrough in medical transparency
    Source: Las Vegas Sun (Sunday June 27, 2010)

    As part of a two-year investigation, Sun reporters have uncovered some of the dangers patients have unknowingly encountered as they enter delivery rooms, surgical suites and intensive care units, including thousands of cases of injury, death and deadly infection associated with stays in Las Vegas hospitals.

  • A hidden epidemic - Part 1
    Source: Las Vegas Sun (Sunday August 8, 2010)

    Las Vegas hospital officials say they are doing enough to protect patients from becoming infected with deadly bacteria. But hospitals are failing.

  • Hospitals plan to report internal infection cases
    Source: Reno Gazette-Journal (Tuesday July 27, 2010)

    The Nevada State Board of Health is scheduled Aug. 13 to hold a public hearing on regulation changes that would require larger hospitals to report “sentinel events,” including cases of MRSA and clostridium difficile, which are infections some patients catch while staying in hospitals or nursing homes.

  • Lethal Superbug a risk to patients
    Source: Reno Gazette (Tuesday July 27, 2010)

    C-diff caused death of Reno, Nevada woman and her sons want answers. Nevada hospitals are not required to report their infection rates.

  • Physician, wash thy hands (PDF)
    Source: (Sunday July 25, 2010)

    Kentucky’s plan to address hospital acquired infections has a missing component not to be ignored: public reporting.

  • Screening for Sepsis Could Save Lives, Researchers Say
    Source: US News and World Report (Tuesday July 20, 2010)

    A recent study in the July issue of Archives of Surgery found that surgery patients are more likely to suffer sepsis or septic shock than blood clots or heart attack.

  • Study Examines Sepsis and Septic Shock After Surgery
    Source: Infection Control Today (Monday July 19, 2010)

    “Sepsis and septic shock appear to be more common than heart attacks or pulmonary blood clots among patients having general surgery, and the death rate for patients with septic shock is approximately 34 percent within 30 days of operation, according to a report in the July issue of Archives of Surgery.”

  • Study Examines Sepsis and Septic Shock After Surgery

    Sepsis and septic shock appear to be more common than heart attacks or pulmonary blood clots among patients having general surgery, and the death rate for patients with septic shock is approximately 34 percent within 30 days of operation, according to a report in the July issue of Archives of Surgery.

  • Preventing hospital infections
    Source: KVOA.COM; Tucson (Thursday July 15, 2010)

    The University of Miami is reinforcing patient care as it gives new medical residents important training before they touch any real patients.

  • The Wrong Stuff
    Source: Slate (Monday June 28, 2010)

    Astronaut turned patient safety expert interview on what patient safety advocates can learn from NASA.

  • Ill. surgery clinics cited over infection control
    Source: Chicago Tribune (Wednesday July 14, 2010)

    The Associated Press through the Freedom of Information Act has uncovered numerous instances of lax hygiene and safety standards in Illinois same-day surgery centers, putting patients as risk for contracting infections.

  • Hospital infection deaths caused by ignorance and neglect, survey finds
    Source: Washington Post (Tuesday July 13, 2010)

    A new study by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology reveals that many hospital infection control staff think hospital leadership are not doing all they should to reduce hospital acquired infections.

  • MRSA infection rates increase tenfold in children
    Source: American Medical News (Thursday June 3, 2010)

    The trend of prescribing clindamycin for children with Staphylococcus aureus may build up resistance to treating the infection, a new study says. That’s why prevention is best.

  • Pan-resistant?? The rise of Acinetobacter
    Source: ScienceBlogs (Thursday June 17, 2010)

    The bad news about the gram negative infection Acinetobacter.

  • Health care can hurt you
    Source: Las Vegas Sun (Sunday June 27, 2010)

    Sun’s investigation of Nevada hospital data shows 969 incidents of inpatient injuries — some that can be deadly

  • Infection Control Lacking at Surgical Centers
    Source: WebMD (Tuesday June 8, 2010)

    A new study shows infection prevention lapses in ambulatory surgical centers, including safe hygiene methods and improper handling of medications and equipment.

  • Delaware health: Eliminating hospital infections

    Infection rates are dropping in states with reporting requirements.

  • Hospitals Fined More than $1M For Failure to Report Adverse Events
    Source: HealthLeaders Media (Thursday June 3, 2010)

    “One-fourth of California’s 450 acute care hospitals have been fined a total of more than $1 million so far—one hospital received five fines totaling more than $130,000—for failing to promptly report adverse events.”

  • 100 dead babies at just one hospital
    Source: Times Live (Monday May 24, 2010)

    South African hospital reports that poor infection control contributed to the deaths of more than 100 babies at the Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital.

  • Preventing infections: How Portland hospitals compare
    Source: The Oregonian (Saturday May 8, 2010)

    New report shows how well Oregon hospitals are doing at preventing life-threatening infections.

  • Oregon Healthcare Aquired Infection Report 2010

    Press Release

  • Republic finds thousands of cases of illnesses over 2 years; data is not publicly disclosed
    Source: Arizona Republic (Sunday May 9, 2010)

    27 states have laws requiring public reporting of hospital infections. A committee recently recommended that Arizona not require this disclosure.

  • New Florida initiative has better hospital outcomes in mind
    Source: The Gainsville Sun (Tuesday May 18, 2010)

    Florida Surgical Care Initiative, or FSCI, will collect data in four areas where such complications occur most often: infections at the surgical site or in the urinary tract, outcomes in elderly patients and outcomes after colorectal surgery.

  • Antibiotic Resistance Called Growing Threat to Human Health
    Source: Voice of America (Tuesday May 18, 2010)

    The World Health Organization calls antibiotic resistance one of the three greatest threats to human health.

  • IL: Hospital-Related Infection Study
    Source: (Tuesday May 18, 2010)

    Central line associated infection rates are anylized in Illinois hospitals.

  • Tracking hospital infections
    Source: Chicago Tribune (Tuesday May 18, 2010)

    Illinois hospitals show uneven infection prevention numbers. Those hospitals that have incorporated a system of best practices to prevent central line infections (“the checklist’) have successfully reduced their infection rates.

  • Growing dangers of infections at hospitals
    Source: The Buffalo News (Monday May 10, 2010)

    Potentially deadly infections persist and the overuse and misuse of antibiotics is making infection treatment more difficult.

  • Beaufort Memorial Hospital infection rates decline in 2009
    Source: The Beaufort Gazette (Saturday May 8, 2010)

    “While Hilton Head staff worked to control infection rates in 2009, Beaufort Memorial Hospital saw its rates decrease or remain at zero in five of six reported procedures.” Read more here.

  • Hospital infections: Are the germs winning?
    Source: Asbury Park Press (Sunday May 9, 2010)

    “While there are no figures available for New Jersey, if the numbers were extrapolated on the basis of its population of 8.7 million, infections would have caused the death of about 2,800 patients in the state’s hospitals last year. Another 50,000 patients would have contracted infections, again extrapolating from the estimated 1.7 million hospital-acquired infections nationally.”

  • Arizona hospital infection risk revealed
    Source: Arizona Republic (Thursday May 6, 2010)

    An Arizona Republic analysis of hospital discharge data revealed thousands of cases of infection over the past two years. While 27 other states have passed laws requiring public reporting of infection rates, Arizona is not one of them.

  • Maine Campaign for Better Care press conference (video)
    Source: (May 2010 (Thursday May 6, 2010)

    Maine health care advocates held a press conference to make sure health reform is implemented properly, including improving the quality and safety of health care.

  • U.S. to hospitals: Clean up your act
    Source: (Thursday April 29, 2010)

    The new health care law contains dozens of provisions, including fining hospitals, to reduce medical errors, hospital-borne infections and costly preventable readmissions.

  • U.S. to hospitals: Clean up your act
    Source: CNN (Thursday April 29, 2010)

    The article highlights quality and safety provisions in healthcare reform. “The legislation contains dozens of provisions, including fining hospitals, to reduce medical errors, hospital-borne infections and costly preventable readmissions.”

  • New Web Site Invites Patients To Report on Adverse Medical Events
    Source: (Monday April 26, 2010)

    The Empowered Patient Project has created a patient oriented survey on adverse medical events. Aggregate information from the surveys will be posted on their website.

  • Certain patient populations more likely to carry MRSA
    Source: Fierce Healthcare (Monday April 26, 2010)

    A new study published in the Journal of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology of 2,055 patients found that MRSA was present in the noses of 20 percent of long-term elder care patients, 16 percent of HIV-infected patients, and 14 percent and 15 percent of inpatient and outpatient kidney dialysis patients.

    Read more:

  • Consumer Reports suggests smart ways to choose a surgeon
    Source: Washington Post (Tuesday April 27, 2010)

    Tips on finding the surgeon and hospital that are best for your situation.

  • Patient Advocates Announce Website to Collect Medical Error Stories

    Press Relase and Link to Adverse Medical Events Survey

  • Oped: Cows on Drugs
    Source: New York Times; 4/17/2010 (Saturday April 17, 2010)

    More than 30 years ago, a proposal to eliminate the use of common antibiotics to promote growth was shot down by Congress with the help of agribusiness.

  • Report says state fails to monitor hospitals
    Source: San Francisco Chronicle (Thursday March 18, 2010)

    “The California Department of Public Health has consistently failed to enforce new laws designed to reduce medical errors and infections at California hospitals.”

    View the report here:

  • California is Lagging on Patient Safety
    Source: California Progress Report (Thursday April 15, 2010)

    Guest blog post by our Director Lisa McGiffert on the slow progress of California’s Department of Public Health to implement patient safety laws.

  • Two New Health Care Quality Reports Discussed at State House
    Source: Health Care For All (Thursday April 15, 2010)

    Health Care For All hosts event to publicize the release of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health first hospital-specific report about Health-care associated infections (HAIs) and the second report on Serious Reportable Events (SREs).

  • Feds report rise in most hospital infections
    Source: Consumer Reports Health Blog (Wednesday April 14, 2010)

    Our Safe Patient Project Campaign Director Lisa McGiffert wrote a guest blog for Consumer Reports Health on a new government report that found a rise in most hospital infections.

  • California Department of Public Health (CDPH) hospital administrative penalties 4/13/2010

    View California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Hospital Administrative Penalties 4/13/2010

  • NYU Docs: MRSA Screening and Decolonization Is Worth the Cost

    Program to screen and treat all surgical patients costs $115 per patient compared $60,000 or more per infection.

  • Hospital Infection Problem Persists
    Source: New York Times (Tuesday April 13, 2010)

    “Despite a renewed focus on prevention and threats of governmental sanctions, hospitals continue to see increased rates of post-operative bloodstream infections and catheter-associated urinary tract infections, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reported.”

  • New Mexico hospitals voluntarily disclose infection rates. Should they have to disclose them publicly?
    Source: The New Mexico Independent (Wednesday April 7, 2010)

    27 states already require public reporting of infection rates–what’s the hold up with New Mexico?

  • Patient Safety Report Shows Medical Errors Continuing in NJ Hospitals
    Source: Atlantic Hightland Herarld (Thursday April 1, 2010)

    AARP: Older Adults Still the Most Affected by Dangerous Medical Errors

  • Reform Promotes Patient Safety By Creating Payment Incentives, Making Mistakes Public
    Source: Kaiser Health News' Daily Report (Thursday April 1, 2010)

    Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project mentioned in Kaiser Health News.

  • Billings Gazette Opinion: All Americans will benefit from care delivery reforms
    Source: Billing Gazette (Sunday April 4, 2010)

    Editorial on the patient safety provisions of the health reform bill.

  • UK: Hospital checklists for common conditions 'cut deaths'
    Source: BBC (Thursday April 1, 2010)

    Checklists that spell out exactly how to care for patients with common conditions have dramatically reduced hospital deaths, say doctors.

  • Health reform can cut errors
    Source: Times Union (Thursday April 1, 2010)

    More reforms are needed to protect patients from preventable medical harm, but the new health reform law creates a solid foundation that will help ensure that the health care we are paying for is safe.

  • California patient safety changes slow in coming, despite 13,500 deaths each year
    Source: Protect Consumer Justice (Thursday March 18, 2010)

    What’s taking the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) so long to implement a program to prevent hospital acquired infections? That’s what Consumers Union has been trying to find out since December, but the watchdog group isn’t getting answers.

  • Meet the new super bug: C. diff
    Source: The Intelligencer (Monday March 29, 2010)

    “A new Duke University study shows rates of infection from the bacterium C. diff (Clostridium difficile) are overtaking those associated with MRSA infections in community hospitals. ” C-diff is an antibiotic reisistant intestinal bacteria that can become more virulant if a patient is taking anitbiotics to treat other types infections.

  • Disclosing Hospital Infection Rates
    Source: Kansas Public Radio (Monday March 22, 2010)

    This week, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment is launching a new state plan to control healthcare-acquired infections.

  • Seattle hospital a safe haven
    Source: Hearst Newspapers (Monday March 22, 2010)

    Hearst Newspapers (March 22, 2010)

  • N.Y. hospitals on the "watch list"
    Source: Hearst Newspapers (Monday March 22, 2010)

    Safety problems at Albany Medical Center Hospital and Glens Falls Hospital landed the two Capital Region facilities on the Hearst Newspapers investigation’s “watch list.”

  • Transparency and the health-care reform bill
    Source: Washington Post (Sunday March 21, 2010)

    Merrill Goozner points out another little-noticed provision in the bill: “Drug and device companies will soon have to report payments to physicians in a national database, thanks to a little noted section of the health care reform bill called the Physician Payments Sunshine Act.”

  • Hospital safety info shielded from public
    Source: Seattle Pi (Monday March 22, 2010)

    Americans have more information about the safety of their cars than about the hospitals that treat them at their most vulnerable moments.

  • Warning on Hospital Infection
    Source: AP (Saturday March 20, 2010)

    A study of 28 hospitals in the Southeast found that Clostridium difficile infections are outnumbering MRSA infections.

  • The Worst Time for a Hospital Visit
    Source: NYT Health blog (Thursday March 18, 2010)

    According to a study published this month in the journal Medical Care hospital occupancy, weekend admissions, nurse staffing and the seasonal flu are major factors that increase the risk of dying in a hospital.

  • Video: The Faces of Medical Errors...From Tears to Transparency

    The following films from Transparent Learning are the first in a series of educational stories that feature patient safety advocates including Helen Haskell, Rosemary Gibson and Dr. Lucian Leape.

  • Consumer group: state lags in enforcement of laws on hospital infections, errors
    Source: (Wednesday March 17, 2010)

    Consumers Union’s has been reviewing hospital infection and medical error laws passed in recent years to determine if the state has begun implementing and enforcing these laws and concluded that California has not done it’s job. The state estmates 240,000 Californians a year get a hospital infection and 13,500 die.

  • Transparency and Public Reporting Are Essential for a Safe Health Care System
    Source: Commonwealth Prespectives on Health Reform Brief (Wednesday March 17, 2010)

    Leading patient safey advocate Dr. Lucian Leape released report. He makes a strong statement on public reporting: “Transparency is an idea whose time has come and both hospitals and the public will be better off because of it.” His statement and report are online now.

  • New Resource for Those Dissatisfied with a Health Care Experience
    Source: A Healthy Blog (Thursday March 11, 2010)

    Health Care For All has created an informative website,, to assist patients on how to navigate the complaint process when something goes wrong at the hospital.

  • Doctor Leads Quest for Safer Ways to Care for Patients
    Source: New York Times (Monday March 8, 2010)

    Interview with Dr. Peter Pronovost, medical director of the Quality and Safety Research Group at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and promoter of a patient safety checklist for doctors.

  • Taking care with treatment
    Source: Boston Globe (Monday March 8, 2010)

    Author Rosemary Gibson says when medical care is overused, it can cost patients their health and their savings. To attend Rosemary’s March 9th talk at Health Care for All, 30 Winter St., e-mail Deb Wachenheim:

  • Rising Threat of Infections Unfazed by Antibiotics
    Source: New York Times (Friday February 26, 2010)

    Infections caused by gram-negative bacteria becoming impossible to treat.

  • Hospital panel should focus on quality of care
    Source: Concord Monitor (Saturday February 27, 2010)

    Preventing harm will save money

  • Hospital recycling on increase
    Source: The Baltimore Sun (Thursday February 25, 2010)

    Reusing one-time-use tools cuts waste, stirs some concern

  • Public deserves a voice on health quality commission
    Source: Concord Monitor (Thursday February 25, 2010)

    If the New Hampshire Hospital Association has its way, the euphemistically named New Hampshire Health Care Quality Assurance Commission will continue operating without accountability to the public, in closed and secretive sessions and with only hospital and human services representation. That’s a dangerous problem for consumers of health care and for patient safety.

  • Study: Costly Health Care Not Necessarily Best
    Source: NPR; WBUR (Thursday February 25, 2010)

    For some medical conditions, the cost of care does not directly correlate to the quality of care according to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

  • Study: Half of Infection Deaths Linked Directly to Hospital Care
    Source: WSJ Health blog (Tuesday February 23, 2010)

    Sepsis and pneumonia, two infections that can often be prevented with tight infection control practices in hospitals, killed 48,000 patients and added $8.1 billion to heath care costs in 2006 alone, according to a study published today in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

  • Hospital infection data go unreported
    Source: Des Moines Register (Sunday February 21, 2010)

    The State of Iowa does not require public reporting of hospital infection rates, leaving patients in the dark.

  • Reducing Bloodstream Infections
    Source: White Coat's Call Room (Monday February 22, 2010)

    Review of Consumer Reports’ March hospital infection report.

  • How a checklist can reduce hospital infections
    Source: Baltimore Sun (Thursday February 18, 2010)

    “Hospitals can reduce medical errors and cut unnecessary hospital-related infections with the use of a checklist.”

  • Hospital reviews care of Murtha
    Source: Tribune Democrat (Wednesday February 17, 2010)

    “The Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., confirmed Thursday that it is conducting an inquiry into Rep. John P. Murtha’s gallbladder surgery and his medical care there in late January.”

  • Hospital Infection Rates: How Are Wichita Hospitals Doing?
    Source: Eyewitness 12 Kansas (Thursday February 18, 2010)

    “For years, doctors held the belief that these infections were inevitable and they became an accepted risk of hospital care. Now, research has shown the vast majority of these infections are preventable.”

  • Greenville-area-hospitals-cut-infection-rates
    Source: The Greenville News (Thursday February 11, 2010)

    Advocates say most cases preventable; state legislation in committee

  • Navy opens review of care Murtha received in surgery
    Source: CNN (Wednesday February 17, 2010)

    The National Naval Medical Center has opened a review of the surgical care provided to the late Congressman John Murtha after the Pennsylvania Democrat died following surgery, a senior U.S. military official told CNN Wednesday.

  • More women dying from pregnancy complications; state holds on to report
    Source: California Watch (Tuesday February 2, 2010)

    More California women dying from pregnancy complications; state holds on to report

  • CDC: Healthcare-Associated Infections: Recovery Act

    Map of what each state is doing with federal money for health care acquired infectin prevention.

  • Infection rates improving inside America's hospitals
    Source: Wink News Florida (Tuesday February 16, 2010)

    Consumer Reports recently reviewed hospitals around the country and found some medical centers are still slipping.

  • MI: Fighting Hospital Infections
    Source: Action News 7; Detroit, MI (Tuesday February 16, 2010)

    When patients enter intensive care units central lines are vital to life. These long, flexible catheters deliver essential medications, nutrition and fluids. But they can just as quickly deliver deadly bacteria into your bloodstream. Consumer Reports researched central line blood stream infection data on 926 hospitals in 43 states including Michigan.

  • Bronx hospitals clean up their act to lower infection rates in ICU

    A recent report compiled by Consumers Union comparing infection rates reported by hospitals in 2008 showed that Lincoln Medical Center in the Bronx had 44% fewer infections than the national average.

  • Editorial: Murtha death raises questions over preventable medical errors
    Source: (Wednesday February 10, 2010)

    The death Monday of Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) after complications from gallbladder surgery raises questions about whether the lawmaker was among the nearly 100,000 people who die in U.S. hospitals annually due to preventable medical errors.

  • Bloodstream infections: How do Bay Area hospitals rate?
    Source: ABC 7 News (Thursday February 4, 2010)

    A new survey out shows a handful of Bay Area hospitals score poorly when it comes to protecting their patients from deadly bloodstream infections.

  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Atul Gawande
    Source: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Wednesday February 3, 2010)

    Jon Stewart interviews Atul Gawande on his two-minute hospital checklist and asks him,”What if we called hospital infections terrorists?”

  • Study: Two Methodist Health System hospitals have high ICU infection rates
    Source: Dallas Morning News (Wednesday February 3, 2010)

    Dallas-based Methodist Health System had two hospitals with bloodstream infection rates double the national average, according to a Consumer Reports study.

  • Hospitals Rated on Post-Surgery Infections
    Source: CBS News (Wednesday February 3, 2010)

    Consumer Reports has made an online system available which gives consumers access to hospital infection rates.

  • Mercy Medical Center Merced gets low rating in patient survey results
    Source: Merced Sun-Star (Wednesday February 3, 2010)

    A comparison by Consumer Reports of Mercy with hospitals in Turlock and Modesto shows Mercy lags in all areas, including the average cost of a hospital stay.

  • ICU patients at Harlem's North General Hospital 4 times more likely to get deadly infection: report
    Source: New York Daily News (Tuesday February 2, 2010)

    The Consumer Reports Hospital Ratings study, released Tuesday, says North General Hospital’s so-called central line infection rate was 394% worse than the national average – and the worst in the city.

  • 'Extraordinary resources' needed to tackle C. diff
    Source: BBC News (Tuesday February 2, 2010)

    At a conference in Scotland, experts warned that containing C-Difficile infections requires vigilance. “In Scotland C. diff has overtaken MRSA as the leading cause of deaths from hospital-acquired infections, and it is rapidly becoming resistant to antibiotic treatment.”

  • New report compares Pennsylvania hospital infection rates
    Source: Erie Times-News (Thursday January 14, 2010)

    Pennsylvania hospitals reported more than 13,000 preventable infections in the second half of 2008, according to a report published Tuesday by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

  • New report compares Pennsylvania hospital infection rates
    Source: (Thursday January 14, 2010)

    The 97-page report compared two types of hospital-acquired infections on a hospital-by-hospital basis: catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) and central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI).

  • Dual Treatment Cuts Dangerous Hospital Infection
    Source: Business Week (Thursday January 21, 2010)

    A new treatment for C-Difficile or Clostridium difficilecould dramatically reduce the recurrence of the infection.

  • Insurer Anthem invests in hospital initiative to improve safety, cut costs
    Source: LA Time (Wednesday January 20, 2010)

    California’s largest health insurer is teaming with hospitals and doctors throughout the state to better share ways to improve patient safety and cut costs, leaders of the initiative said Tuesday.

  • Prevention and Control of Methicillin‐Resistant Staphylococcus aureus: Dealing With Reality, Resistance, and Resistance to Reality
    Source: Clinical Infectious Diseases (Thursday December 10, 2009)

    Excerpt: “While the world attempts to control the current pandemic of H1N1 influenza virus infection, the impact of a previous pandemic of methicillin‐resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection (ie, widespread endemicity in hospitals) continues virtually unnoticed.”

  • Mapping the distribution of MRSA across Europe

    By mapping MRSA cases in Europe, researchers were able to determine that MRSA occurs in geopgraphical clusters. They conclude that screening patients for MRSA is an effective strategy for limiting the spread which is mainly through health care networks and not in communities.

  • Webinar on MRSA tracking and reporting in the states

    Hosted by the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) sponsored this webinar where speakers presented on Tennessee’s infection reporting system and using the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN)

  • Hospitals Required To Start Reporting Mistakes

    NH plans to make medical errors and hospital infection information available to the public but does not have a date that they will be available. A very compelling video of medical error victim is also on this page.

  • MRSA 'spread by patients moving between hospitals'

    MRSA is mainly spread by patients moving between hospitals, Dutch researchers have said.

  • MRSA surgical infections exact heavy clinical, financial toll
    Source: American Medical News (Wednesday January 14, 2009)

    Preventing the resistant staph infection could lower readmission and mortality rates and save hospitals thousands in costs associated with caring for readmitted patients.

  • 13,000 hospital infections reported in Pennsylvania
    Source: PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW (Wednesday January 13, 2010)

    That’s actually lower than rates of hospital infections in other states.

  • Editorial: Preventing and Controlling MRSA
    Source: Clinical Infectious Diseases (Friday January 15, 2010)

    Dr. William Jarvas discusses other countries that have had success with active detection and isolation (ADI) to prevent the spread of MRSA.

  • Canadians becoming 'fed up' with hospital infections
    Source: Metro News-Halifax News (Tuesday January 12, 2010)

    “A team of researchers at Queen’s University in Kingston has proven scientifically that shared hospital rooms are a culprit in spreading superbugs. “

  • Screening Could Curb Hospital Superbug
    Source: Rueters (Monday January 11, 2010)

    Researchers mapped the spread of MRSA and found it in clusters throughout Europe. They recommend screening of patients who are admitted to more than one hospital in Europe in order to contain its spread.

  • Fight hospital-acquired disease
    Source: Louiville Courier Journal (Tuesday January 12, 2010)

    KY physician Kevin Kavenaugh makes a case for keeping the provisions in the health care reform bills that relate to public reporting of hospital acquired conditions and to Medicaid adopting Medicare rules on nonpayment of hospital acquired conditions.

  • Sealant protects new mothers from infection
    Source: King 5 News, Seattle (Sunday January 10, 2010)

    Women are very vulnerable to infection before a c-section. A sealant is being used to keep bacteria from moving into the surgery site.

  • Ohio unveils Hospital Compare Web site
    Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer (Friday January 8, 2010)

    The Ohio Hospital Compare site is believed to be the first in the nation to report hospital-specific infection rates caused by antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria and an intestinal bug called clostridium difficile, or c. diff, said Lisa McGiffert of Consumers Union. The state is also the first to publish infections from C-section surgeries.

  • Patient safety improving slightly, 10 years after IOM report on errors
    Source: American Medical News (Monday December 28, 2009)

    A December 2008 report by Health Affairs does find “unmistakable progress,” despite setbacks. Critics say mandatory disclosure of medical errors is the key to breakthrough safety improvement.

  • Better antiseptic curbs post-surgery infections
    Source: Associated Press (Wednesday January 6, 2010)

    Associated Press (January 6, 2010)

  • New Law Aims to Stem Spread of Sometimes Deadly Infection
    Source: Maine Public Broadcasting Network (Wednesday January 6, 2010)

    A new law goes into effect this week requiring that all Maine hospitals screen high-risk patients for a drug-resistant bacterial infection called MRSA-Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. The law requires hospitals to screen for MRSA but does not dictate further action, such as isolation, precaution, and treatment if a patient is diagnosed.

  • Sepsis killing Canadians at a higher rate than strokes, heart attacks: Report
    Source: The Province (Friday December 11, 2009)

    A condition that can result from hospital-borne infections is killing Canadians at a higher rate than strokes and heart attacks, according to a report released Thursday. Sepsis is the body’s response to severe infection.

  • UK: Scientists turn DNA detectives to track spread of hospital superbugs
    Source: Times Online (Monday January 4, 2010)

    Scientist in the UK are going to use DNA as a way to track the origins of superbugs.

  • Canadians aim to reduce sepsis deaths
    Source: UPI (Wednesday December 16, 2009)

    Report: Canada has high rate of deaths due to sepsis.

  • Health care associated infections in Maine: 2009

    This report contains Maine hospital specific rates on Central line associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) rates for
    intensive care unit (ICU) patients and neonatal (ICU) patients.) It also has process measures on CLABSI and venilator associated pneumonia “prevention bundles.”

  • Report on health care associated infection data reported to NHSN

    This is a report on data collected from 2006-2008.

  • One superbug infection costs hospital $60,000: study
    Source: Reuters (Tuesday December 15, 2009)

    Reuters reports on a Duke University study that finds surgical site infections due to MRSA led to a 7-fold increased risk of death, a 35-fold increased risk of hospital readmission, more than 3 weeks of additional hospitalization, and more than $60,000 of additional charges compared to uninfected controls.

  • Oklahoma caregivers fight patient wounds
    Source: NewsOK (Monday December 14, 2009)

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services estimate 7 percent of the state’s nursing home residents developed bed sores from 2007 to 2008. During the same time period, the state had the third-highest ranking for pressure ulcers in the country.

  • Leapfrog releases 2009 list of best hospitals for patient safety
    Source: Hearst; Dead By Mistake Blog (Wednesday December 9, 2009)

    Leapfrog sites only five of U.S. News’ 21 best hospitals. View Leapfrogs press release on the top hospitals list.

  • Report shows rise in drug-resistant MRSA staph infection
    Source: (Tuesday December 8, 2009)

    “The caseload of patients with methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, better known as MRSA, rose nearly fourfold from 1999 to 2007, according to the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development.”

  • MRSA Infections in California Hospital Patients, 1999 to 2007

    The number of MRSA infections increased “more than four-fold, from about 13,000 cases in 1999 to about 52,000 cases in 2007.”

  • Infections are biggest killer for intensive care patients
    Source: Ireland: (Saturday December 5, 2009)

    Infection is the biggest single cause of death in hospital intensive care units, according to a new worldwide study.

  • Warning: Going to the hospital may be hazardous to your health
    Source: Los Angeles Times health blog (Wednesday December 2, 2009)

    A study published in the December 2nd Journal of the American Medical Assn. by an international group of researchers examined data on 13,796 adult patients from 1,265 hospitals in 75 countries who were unlucky enough to be in an intensive care unit on May 8, 2007. Here’s a summary of what they found: Fifty-one percent of ICU patients had some sort of infection, the longer you’re in the hospital, the more likely you are to become infected. The mortality rate for ICU patients with an infection was 25%, compared with 11% for patients without an infection. Infection rates in North America were slightly below average, at 48%, but the lowest rate was in Africa, at 46%. The highest infection rate was 60%, found in Central and South America.

  • Health-reform should tackle hospital infections
    Source: KaiserHealthNews & The New Republic (Monday November 23, 2009)

    Health professionals spend many thousands of hours training to cure disease. But they can learn how to stop the spread of deadly hospital infections in just a few minutes, by learning five steps for putting lines (that is, tubes) into patients’ bodies.

  • Jersey City Hospital Bans Neckties to Reduce Spread of Flu
    Source: My Fox New York (Tuesday November 24, 2009)

    The policy was approved by the hospital’s Infection Control Committee, based on research studies that show that multi drug resistant organisms and other harmful bacteria remain on clothing, such as neckties.

  • 10 years, 5 Voices, 1 Challenge

    To Err Is Human jump-started a movement to improve patient safety. How far have we come? Where do we go from here? Five patient safety “stakeholders” were interviewed for this article, including the Director of Consumers Union Safe Patient Project, Lisa McGiffert.

  • Massachusetts’ Hospitals make headway on patient infections
    Source: Boston Globe (Sunday November 22, 2009)

    The article states that these reductions are a result of “pressure from government regulators and patient groups, as well as a shift in doctors’ attitudes, is starting to make medical care safer.”

  • Dead by Mistake reporter speaks at Consumers Union paitent safety forum

    The forum was called “To Err is Human, to Delay is Deadly” in order to highlight the lack of progress the U.S. health care system has made since the Institute of Medicine’s report “To Err is Human.”

  • Dr. Donald Berwick: We Need To Have More Consequences In The Health Care System
    Source: Kaiser Health News (Thursday November 12, 2009)

    Interview with Don Berwick, President of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement on the quality of care and patient safety.

  • Spies to monitor hand washing in hospitals
    Source: The Columbus Dispatch (Wednesday November 4, 2009)

    Maryland state officials said yesterday that they are creating teams of staff members at hospitals across the state to secretly monitor their colleagues’ hand-washing habits as part of a first-of-its-kind program. The monitors will contribute to a statewide report on hand washing.

  • England: C.diff cases may be twice as high as tests miss infection

    The number of cases of the hospital bug C.diff could be twice as high as previously thought as current tests used by the NHS are failing to pick up the infection, experts have claimed.

  • "Superspreaders" May Trigger Infectious Outbreaks in Hospitals
    Source: Infection Control Today (Wednesday October 21, 2009)

    Healthcare workers (HCWs) who roam from patient to patient in a hospital ward may play a disproportionate role in spreading pathogens.

  • Film explores broken health care system
    Source: Dead By Mistake (Saturday October 31, 2009)

    A new documentary film, “Money-Driven Medicine”, tackles the economic underpinnings of an American healthcare system that kills four times as many people through medical error and preventable infections as die in highway accident. Consumers Union has encouraged activists to view this film and take action to make our health care system safer.

  • MRSA & Maine
    Source: WGME-13 (Sunday October 13, 30)

    The spread of MRSA, a potentially lethal infection that modern medicine can’t seem to beat. But are Maine’s hospitals doing all they can to fight the problem?

  • Money-Driven Medicine Watch-In!

    “Money-Driven Medicine” examines the medical industrial complex, and what’s wrong with our healthcare system. Watch the movie for free here until November 10 and sign our petition for reform.

  • Hand Washing Rate Low Among Doctors
    Source: ABC News (Wednesday October 21, 2009)

    When you are very sick, you go to the hospital to get better. But what if the hospital you choose actually makes you sicker, or even kills you? Watch patient safety activist and former actress, Alicia Cole, tell her story about getting a serious hospital-acquired infection that changed her life forever.

  • Making Hospitals Pay For Own Mistakes
    Source: CBS Evening News (Tuesday March 18, 2008)

    For decades, the U.S. health care system has paid doctors and hospitals by the services performed, even if those services harmed the patient. Beginning in October 2008, Medicare will no longer pay for some major hospital mistakes.

  • Florida Hospital Confirms Patients Infected by Reused IV Bags
    Source: (Friday October 16, 2009)

    Broward General Medical Center patients received reused IV bags and have tested positive for some infectious diseases.

  • Report finds 9,400 serious errors at N.J. hospitals
    Source: New Jersey Star Ledger (Thursday October 15, 2009)

    The New Jersey Health Department has released the 2009 Hospital Performance Report.

  • Hand-washing detectors could help save lives
    Source: MSNBC (Tuesday October 13, 2009)

    Technology could potentially slash number of hospital-related infections

  • Stimulus Money Will Help Fight Illnesses
    Source: Eyewitness 3 (Wednesday October 3, 12)

    CT receives stimulus funds for hospital infection reduction

  • Hospitals Find Way to Make Care Cheaper -- Make It Better (Preview Only)
    Source: Wall Street Journal (Wednesday October 7, 2009)

    The Pennsylvania state agency (Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council) that publishes health care outcomes like infections for more than 50 types of treatments and surgery at hospitals, has shown the state that publishing hospitals can help them improve care, and that good medical treatment is often less expensive than bad care.

  • More evidence of MRSA involvement in H1N1 flu
    Source: Global Post; Sept. 28 (Friday September 28, 12)

    “There is an emerging literature on the role of bacterial infections in illness and deaths in this flu, and an emerging consensus that bacterial infections are playing a bigger and more serious role than was thought at first.”

  • Memphis Hospital Shares Lifesaving Protocol with Medical Facilities Across the Country
    Source: HealthNewsDigest (Monday September 28, 2009)

    Electronic Medical software has helped detect Sepsis in a patient saving time and lives due to early detection.

  • World MRSA Day event Friday at Utah Capitol
    Source: Salt City Tribune (Monday September 28, 2009)

    After nearly losing her husband to a dangerous hospital-acquired staph infection, Mary Petty wants to lift the “veil of secrecy” shrouding methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA.

  • California hospitals fined for errors
    Source: Los Angeles Times (Friday September 25, 2009)

    Of 11 facilities cited by the state, about half were penalized for leaving objects in patients after surgery.

  • Tie to Pets Has Germ Jumping to and Fro
    Source: NYT (Monday September 21, 2009)

    MRSA is believed to be transferred to pets and then back to humans.

  • PA: Hospital report: Mixed ratings

    Readmission rates were lower, but some death rates were up

  • Australia: Family want answers over hospital death
    Source: The Sydney Morning Herald (Thursday September 24, 2009)

    Woman enters hospital with broken arms and dies of a catheter-related infection.

  • Active Screening for MRSA, More Important Than Type of Test
    Source: Fars News Agency (Wednesday September 23, 2009)

    “Detection and eradication of meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) represents a public health priority worldwide.”

  • East of Eden: Why Health Care Got Hijacked Read more at:
    Source: The Huffington Post (Friday September 18, 2009)

    “The American hospital, the center of health care, is a cottage industry in the post-industrial world, and we can save billions of dollars by bringing them into the modern world.”- Clare Crawford Mason.

  • Consumer Reports nurse's survey show cleanliness problem
    Source: ABC; KFSN-TV Fresno, CA (Monday September 7, 2009)

    Nancy Metcalf, Consumer Reports said: “We surveyed more than 700 nurses nationwide who work in operating rooms, emergency rooms, critical care units and other areas of the hospital.”

  • NH hospital infection reporting program funded
    Source: Concord Monitor (Saturday September 12, 2009)

    Federal grant to start program

  • ICAAC: Wide MRSA Screening Cuts Disease, Saves $$
    Source: Medpage Today (Tuesday September 15, 2009)

    the savings associated with preventing MRSA infection amounted to $1.8 million a year according to Lance Peterson, MD, of NorthShore Health System in Evanston, Ill.

  • CDC to Distribute $40 Million in Recovery Act Funding to Help States Fight Healthcare-Associated Infections
    Source: CDC (Tuesday September 1, 2009)

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today announced plans to distribute $40 million to state health departments to help prevent healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).

  • National Hand Hygiene Campaigns in Europe, 2000-2009
    Source: Eurosurveillance, Volume 14, Issue 17, 30 April 2009 (Thursday April 30, 2009)

    This report is an overview of the national hand hygiene campaigns, but also regional activities, implemented in Europe since 2000.

  • MRSA 'superbug' found in ocean, public beaches
    Source: USA Today (Saturday September 12, 2009)

    A study by researchers at the University of Washington has for the first time identified methicillin-resistant Staph aureus (MRSA) in marine water and beach sand from seven public beaches on the Puget Sound.

  • Hospitals urged to strictly enforce hand-washing
    Source: San Francisco Chronicle (Friday September 11, 2009)

    The Joint Commission announced a new program Thursday that is designed to improve health care safety practices, starting with a rigorous approach toward hand-washing by hospital staffers.

  • SC hospital: 15 O.R. staffers treated for staph
    Source: The Post and Courier (Saturday September 5, 2009)

    The affected staff have since returned to work after being treated with antibiotics and testing negative for Methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus. Surgical-site infections in five out of 1,500 patients in July and August prompted the hospital to test 68 operating room staffers for staph, said Chief Medical Officer Dr. Steven Shapiro.

  • What Mozart can teach us about superbugs
    Source: (Sunday September 6, 2009)

    What Mozart can teach us about suberbugs and antibiotic resistance

  • N.H. health costs merit investigation
    Source: Concord Monitor (Thursday September 3, 2009)

    Lori Nerbonne, co-founder of New Hampshire Patient Voices, writes: “New Hampshire government, consumers and employers could reap a windfall in savings if they formed a collaborative that focused on health care quality and costs in New Hampshire.”

  • Op-Ed: The Unintended Consequences of "No Pay for Errors"
    Source: The Health Care Blog (Tuesday July 21, 2009)

    Bob Wachter writes: “I remain enthusiastic about ‘no pay for preventable adverse events’ as a clever way to use payment policy to goose the system into focusing on patient safety prevention practices. But for ‘no pay…’ to make a difference, there must be evidence-based prevention strategies to implement.”

  • Viewpoint: Patient Advocate Responds to Infection Control Roundtable
    Source: Renal Business Today (Wednesday August 26, 2009)

    Patient safety advocate Roberta Mikles, RN, challenges dialysis providers to implement best practices to ensure infection prevention.

  • Editorial: Healthy hospitals: AnMed, Oconee keep infection to a minimum
    Source: Independent Mail (Wednesday August 26, 2009)

    SC state health department’s survey of infection rates shows scores of hospitals in the state.

  • Adverse Event Reporting System (AERS) Statistics
    Source: FDA, as of (Tuesday March 31, 2009)

    The Adverse Event Reporting System (AERS) contains over four million reports of adverse events and reflects data from 1969 to the present. Data from AERS are presented here as summary statistics. These summary statistics cover data received over the last ten years.

  • New Jersey Doctors Getting Paid Extra To Save Hospitals Money
    Source: AP (Wednesday August 19, 2009)

    A dozen New Jersey hospitals are paying doctors as an incentive to save the hospitals money.

  • Americans Continue to Die from Preventable Injuries

    Despite an authoritative federal report 10 years ago that laid out the scope of the problem and urged the federal and state governments and the medical community to take clear and tangible steps to reduce the number of fatal medical errors, a staggering 98,000 Americans die from preventable medical errors each year and just as many from hospital-acquired infections.

  • Dead By Mistake
    Source: Source: Hearst Newspapers (Friday July 31, 2009)

    Dead by mistake was researched and written by a team of journalists from across Hearst newspapers and television stations. Hearst describes medical errors as “a critical and neglected health care issue.” Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project published a report on medical harm, “To Err is Human, To Delay is Deadly” in May 2009.

  • Reform should make it easy to get information on quality

    When Alicia Cole learned she needed surgery for benign fibroids, she did her homework on the surgeon and the hospital. “I looked at HealthGrades, Leapfrog, Hospital Compare, and other Web sites,” says Cole, a 46-year-old actress from Sherman Oaks, Calif. “But one thing I didn’t check was the hospital’s infection rate.”

  • Death by Mistake: Advocates call for mandatory reporting of medical errors
    Source: San Antonio Express-News (Sunday August 16, 2009)

    Consumers Union supports nationwide “MVP” reporting: mandatory, validated (meaning hospital data is audited) and public disclosure at a facility-specific level. Most state reporting systems now divulge only statewide information, which isn’t much help to consumers.

  • Editorial: Why so many needless deaths?
    Source: Albany Times (Tuesday August 11, 2009)

    “You can’t say we weren’t warned. And you can’t say we’ve done enough to address those warnings about the degree of avoidable deaths in hospitals in New York and across the country.”

  • Washington law lacks both money and teeth
    Source: Hearst Newspapers (Thursday July 30, 2009)

    Six years after the “To Err is Human” report, the Washington state Legislature responded with a law mandating medical error reports. State Rep. Tom Campbell, a bill sponsor, envisioned a day when patients could click on a Web site and compare hospitals’ safety records.

  • X-ray Machines Spread Bugs in ICUs
    Source: MedPage Today (Friday August 7, 2009)

    Multidrug-resistant bacteria can be spread in the intensive care unit by portable X-ray machines and their operators, Israeli researchers found.

  • Basic Patient Safety Reforms Would Save 85,000 Lives and $35 Billion a Year, Public Citizen Report Says
    Source: Public Citizen (Thursday August 6, 2009)

    The report, “Back to Basics,” analyzed the results of scientific studies of treatment protocols for chronically recurring, avoidable medical errors.

  • Report: Most Del. hospitals on par with rest of nation
    Source: Delaware Online (Thursday July 30, 2009)

    A law passed in 2007 requires Delaware hospitals to report healthcare-acquired infections to the federal National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). Nineteen other states also require hospitals to report infections.

  • Recovery Act to fund 12 state efforts to improve care in ambulatory surgical centers
    Source: CMS Office of Public Affairs (Thursday July 30, 2009)

    Money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will pay $1 million for infection control in ambulatory surgical centers in Maine, New Jersey, Maryland, Florida, North Carolina, Indiana, Michigan, Arkansas, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming and Kansas.

  • First, Make No Mistakes
    Source: The New York Times (Tuesday July 28, 2009)

    Op-ed by Jim Hall, former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. The Obama administration should take a lesson from the transportation safety board’s successes and establish an independent agency charged with identifying and eliminating the causes of medical error.

  • Reps should be commended for fighting for patient rights
    Source: Nashua Telegraph (Thursday July 23, 2009)

    Letter to Editor from Lori Nerbonne thanking lawmakers for passing hospital infection and error reporting legislation.

  • Ranking hospitals now done by many organizations, not just U.S. News & World Report
    Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer (Monday July 27, 2009)

    There’s a movement to make hard numbers the basis for rankings among hospitals, instead of reputation or word-of-mouth.

  • Perforated gloves tied to risk for surgical-site infection
    Source: The Clinical Advisor (Monday July 27, 2009)

    Surgical gloves that develop holes or leaks during a procedure appear to increase the risk of infection at the surgical site among patients who are not given antibiotics beforehand, a Swiss study reports.

  • Editorial: You should learn the ABCs of HAI and MRSA (PDF)
    Source: Courier Journal, Louisville, KY (Monday July 27, 2009)

    Kentucky paper endorses public reporting and surveillance cultures for MRSA and HAI. “The health care industry has been reluctant to embrace the simple expedient of screening broadly for patients with MRSA; because some hospitals have refused to isolate all patients with MRSA; because too many doctors, nurses and other health professionals don’t follow basic hygiene rules; because state regulation of hospitals is slipshod.

  • Experts Support National Public Reporting of Healthcare-Associated Infections
    Source: APIC (Monday July 20, 2009)

    Five organizations representing the nation’s experts in infectious diseases medicine, infection prevention in healthcare settings, and public health and disease prevention announced their support for a provision requiring national reporting of healthcare-associated infection (HAI) rates, which is contained within the healthcare reform bill introduced by leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives.

  • Oklahomans' fecal transplant aims to kill colon superbug (C-Difficile)
    Source: NewsOK (Thursday July 23, 2009)

    Some Oklahoma patients are opting for an admittedly gross procedure to kill superbugs living in their colons.

  • Hospitals battling dangerous C. diff bacteria
    Source: The Courier-Journal (Friday July 10, 2009)

    While doctors have known about C. diff for decades, recent research shows that rates are up to 20 times higher than previously thought, and more people are getting strains resistant to antibiotics.

  • Op-ed: Stop hospital-borne infections
    Source: The Courier-Journal (Thursday July 9, 2009)

    Our state needs to take an active and aggressive policy of mandatory public reporting and tracking of HAI. Kentucky should become a leader in health care, but if Kentucky always waits for the majority of other states to act, we will be relegated to being below average.

  • New Ratings for America's Hospitals Now Available on Hospital Compare Website
    Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (Thursday July 9, 2009)

    Important new information was added today to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Hospital Compare Web site that reports how frequently patients return to a hospital after being discharged, a possible indicator of how well the facility did the first time around.

  • Video: MRSA prevention bill introduced in House
    Source: KTVU (Wednesday June 24, 2009)

    Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-12) held a press conference announcing her bill (HR2937) to screen for and prevent MRSA infections in hospitals.

  • Unsung heroes work hard to cut hospital-acquired infections
    Source: CNN (Thursday July 9, 2009)

    CNN (July 9, 2009)

  • As health data becomes available, patients can demand better care
    Source: Dallas Morning News (Tuesday July 7, 2009)

    This increased transparency is one of the great hopes among health care reformers for tackling the high cost of American medicine.

  • WCA Hospital Reports Few Instances Of Hospial-Related Infections
    Source: The Post Journal (Sunday July 5, 2009)

    According to the report, New York hospitals have lower rates of surgical-site infections than hospitals across the rest of the nation, but the same or higher rates of bloodstream infections in intensive care units than those reported nationally.

  • Editorial: Dangerous Care: Hospitals must ensure that infections are minimized
    Source: Syracuse Post Standard (Monday July 6, 2009)

    By one estimate, more than 200 Central New Yorkers die every year from infections they caught while in the hospital.

  • Editorial: Germ warfare: State Health Dept. finally tackles hospital-acquired infections
    Source: New York Daily News (Sunday July 5, 2009)

    After too much delay, the agency has put out a report revealing which hospitals in New York are more and which are less likely to discharge you with a nasty bug.

  • NY hospitals have lower infection rates
    Source: Buffalo Business First (Sunday July 5, 2009)

    The second annual Hospital-Acquired Infections, New York State 2008 Report presents infection rates identified by hospital name and region for surgical-site infections.

  • Editorial: Health Care’s Infectious Losses
    Source: New York Times (Sunday July 5, 2009)

    Former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neil comments on reducing health care costs: “The president says he likes audacious goals. Here is one: ask medical providers to eliminate all hospital-acquired infections within two years.”

  • Medical Malpractice Payments Fall to Record Low, Public Citizen Study Shows

    The only economically feasible and, indeed, humane way to improve the system is to reduce the number of senseless and tragic medical errors in our hospitals. In its report, Public Citizen calls on Congress to put safety measures in place that would set the nation on course to meet the IOM’s goal of cutting the number of avoidable deaths in half in five years.

    READ the report:

  • Health Reform Should Tackle the Rising Threat of Hospital Infections

    Infection prevention through known practices provides policymakers a ready solution to the current health system failure that adds a hefty price tag to the nation’s annual health spending.

  • Hospital infection numbers go public
    Source: Times Union (Wednesday July 1, 2009)

    With the publication of this report, New York becomes the seventh state in the nation to publicly disclose hospital infection rates by individual hospitals.

  • NH: College and Keene Community Show Support for Infection Survivor

    Keene State field hockey player Erin Dallas developed a post-surgical infection following an ACL operation last December. Since that time, Dallas has been hospitalized and has had multiple operations.

  • Into battle against the superbug
    Source: The National, Abu Dhabi (Tuesday June 30, 2009)

    The UAE offers to help war wounded but must stop infection outbreaks: “High on the list of priorities was identifying and isolating the source of infection; this was done, says the report, by taking wound and nasal swabs from all admitted patients and hand and nasal swabs from all staff who came into contact with them.”

  • Touched by tragedy
    Source: (Thursday June 25, 2009)

    Kim Sandstrom, a patient safety activist in Florida, was invited to attend a White House forum with President Obama that was aired Wednesday night on ABC. Kim’s 24-year-old daughter, Diana, died from a medical error in 2004.

  • Many hospitals cut back on infection-control efforts
    Source: American Medical News (Monday June 22, 2009)

    Many hospitals cut back on infection-control efforts, which will hurt patients and cost hospitals money.

  • Infection concerns spur more checks of medical equipment
    Source: The Greenville News (Wednesday June 24, 2009)

    Spot inspections at three Veterans Administration hospitals last month revealed that instruments used in colonoscopies and endoscopies were not properly disinfected, potentially exposing veterans to HIV and hepatitis.

  • Torn Surgical Gloves Put Patients at Risk for Infection
    Source: Forbes (Tuesday June 16, 2009)

    Giving antibiotics before operation might improve safety, study finds

  • MD: State links billing rates to hospital performances
    Source: (Tuesday June 16, 2009)

    On July 1, the state’s hospitals will receive financial incentives based on the steps taken to prevent complications, including collapsed lungs and infections of the urinary tract and in the blood.

  • Hospital Infections High In Sweden At 10 Percent
    Source: EmaxHealth (Monday June 15, 2009)

    Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in hospitals impose significant economic consequences on the nation’s healthcare system.

  • VA inspections show continued flaws
    Source: AP (Monday June 15, 2009)

    The VA started a nationwide safety campaign at it’s 153 medical centers calling attention to potential infection risks from improperly operating and sterilizing the equipment.

  • Editorial: Mandatory reporting makes hospitals safer
    Source: Concord Monitor (Thursday May 14, 2009)

    Lori Nerbonne of New Hampshire Patient Voices writes in support of a bill for funding hospital infection rate reporting and an adverse event reporting bill, which will require hospitals to report serious, completely preventable errors to the state.

  • MD hospital fined for not reporting errors
    Source: Washington Post (Monday June 15, 2009)

    The hospital failed to notify the Department of Health that a patient had died and that at least seven others suffered serious harm last year as a result of mistakes by the medical staff.

  • Germs and flu are up; infection control is down
    Source: MSNBC (Tuesday June 9, 2009)

    Despite growing pressure to prevent deadly hospital-acquired infections, hospitals are cutting back on protecting patients against them.

  • Health Outcomes Driving New Hospital Design
    Source: New York Times (Monday May 18, 2009)

    Single-patient rooms are now viewed as an important element of high-quality health care.

  • U.S. Health Care System Fails to Protect Patients From Deadly Medical Errors

    Consumers Union Assesses Lack of Progress Ten Years After Institute of Medicine Found Up To 98,000 Die From Preventable Errors

  • Report: about 98,000 Americans still die annually from medical errors
    Source: China View (Friday May 22, 2009)

    The Consumers Union report said lawmakers largely have failed to enact patient safety reforms recommended by a 1999 report by the Institute of Medicine that found that medical errors cost the U.S. as much as 29 billion U.S. dollars a year.

  • What are these? Iowa Hospital Report Cards - Infection Control
    Source: Iowa Public Television (Thursday March 26, 2009)

    Links to hospital safety information in Iowa.

  • Preventable Medical Errors Still Kill Thousands, Cost Billions as Employers Foot Bill
    Source: Workforce Management (Wednesday May 20, 2009)

    Despite a landmark report a decade ago detailing the deadly nature of the U.S. health care system, a consumer group finds that little has been done to prevent errors that cost the nation $17 billion to $29 billion and kill as many as 100,000 patients annually.

  • Deadly Medical Errors Still Plague U.S.

    Report Shows 10-Year Effort to Curb Medical Errors Yields Few Results

  • U.S. group sees little progress on medical errors
    Source: Rueters (Tuesday May 19, 2009)

    Despite a decade of promises, little has been done to fix the problem of preventable medical errors that kill nearly 98,000 people in the United States each year, a consumer group said on Tuesday.

  • Historic Initiatives for Consumer Information and Patient/Provider Partnerships Approved

    The Massachusetts Public Health Council approved regulations to implement major patient safety reforms passed last year, including public reporting of hospital infections and serious medical errors, no-pay policies for certain preventable medical errors, and requiring every hospital in the state to have a Patient and Family Advisory Council and a rapid response system that can be activated by patients and their families.

  • Cincinatti story on Hospital Acquired Infections (Video)

    Local news coverage of hospital infection stories: Kacia Warren and Nancy Oliver from Ohio.

  • CDC sits on documents
    Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Sunday April 26, 2009)

    Employees at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have generated about 4,000 pages of documents assessing risks to the agency’s reputation posed by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s reporting. But the CDC is not releasing those records to the public.

  • CO: Infection data spur changes at hospitals
    Source: The Denver Post (Tuesday May 12, 2009)

    When Colorado passed a law requiring hospitals to publicly reveal their infection rates, lawmakers hoped it would push them to improve surgical hygiene. It seems that it’s working. View report from the CO Department of Public Health and Environment.

  • Sebelius challenges hospitals to reduce infections
    Source: Modern Health Care (Wednesday May 6, 2009)

    HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the availability of $50 million in stimulus resources to fight healthcare-associated infections and improve patient safety, issuing a specific challenge to hospitals to take action to reduce HAIs.

  • Government Reports Criticize Health Care System
    Source: New York Times (Wednesday May 6, 2009)

    Two annual government reports released Wednesday show that progress in improving the quality of health care and narrowing health disparities among ethnic groups remains agonizingly slow, and that patient safety may actually be declining.

  • Some Oklahoma hospitals need work, study finds; Infection prevention rated

    Some Oklahoma hospitals aren’t doing enough to prevent surgery patients from developing infections, according to a report released by Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports magazine.

  • Preventable hospital errors / No patient should pay
    Source: Press of Atlantic City (Wednesday May 6, 2009)

    Billing patients or their private insurance company for the cost of medical mistakes would change under a bill that’s cleared the state Senate and is now before the Assembly. The bill would prevent hospitals from charging anyone for serious medical errors. The legislation would also require the state to make public individual hospitals’ errors.

  • Ventilators Biggest Risk Factor For Pneumonia After Heart Surgery, Study Finds
    Source: ScienceDaily (Wednesday May 6, 2009)

    According to a new European study, ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is the main cause of nosocomial infection in patients undergoing major heart surgery.

  • Alabama Legislature approves bill to require reports on hospital-acquired infections
    Source: Associated Press (Thursday April 30, 2009)

    If signed by the Governor, Alabama will become the 26th state to required hospitals publicly report infection rates.

  • Studies show handwashing reduces disease
    Source: St. Petersburg Times (Wednesday April 29, 2009)

    Obama said that handwashing and covering your mouth when you cough can make a huge difference in reducing transmission of the flu. The scientific consensus on handwashing backs him up.

  • CA: Report: 14 Inland hospitals miss surgery infection control targets
    Source: The Press Enterprise (Thursday April 30, 2009)

    Almost half of all hospitals in Riverside and San Bernardino counties during a one-year period did not comply with some key medical practices to prevent surgical infections, according to a report by an organization that publishes a popular consumer magazine.

  • Report: Nevada hospitals lag in surgical safety
    Source: Reno Gazette Journal; April 27 (Friday April 27, 12)

    A report released Monday by the nonprofit Consumers Union found some Reno-area hospitals last year often failed to follow practices proven to reduce the risk of surgical infection.

  • ID: Treasure Valley hospitals ranked on key steps to prevent infections after surgery
    Source: Idaho Statesman (Monday April 27, 2009)

    Idaho hospitals overall fared best on giving patients the right antibiotics after surgery and worst on discontinuing antibiotics 24 hours after surgery to cut down on antibiotic resistance.

  • WA: Yakima Regional hospital improves compliance with antibiotic procedure

    Yakima Regional Medical and Cardiac Center was one of seven hospitals in the state in “low compliance” last year with a relatively simple procedure designed to prevent surgical infections. Other hospitals in low compliance in the state are Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver, Island Hospital, Lourdes Medical Center in Pasco, Tri-State Memorial Hospital in Clarkston and Enumclaw Regional Hospital Association.

  • Surgical infection rates vary widely, report concludes

    The eight acute-care hospitals in San Joaquin and Calaveras counties are, if anything, inconsistent when it comes to complying with certain surgical infection prevention practices, according to a new report released Monday by Consumers Union.

  • Infection Correction

    Hospital-acquired infections can be reduced significantly or even eliminated with sound prevention procedures.

  • Contracting out, hand washing won't break deadly chain of infection
    Source: Canadian Union of Public Employees (Tuesday March 3, 2009)

    A new research paper from the Canadian Union of Public Employees says that governments and employers must invest in cleaning and keep services public in order to stop unnecessary suffering and deaths.

  • Beth Israel faulted for staph outbreak in mothers, babies
    Source: Boston Globe (Friday April 10, 2009)

    Over the past six months, 18 mothers and 19 newborns have become sick with a dangerous bacterial infection soon after being released from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, triggering a state investigation that uncovered serious problems with the hospital’s infection control practices.

  • Legislature passes MRSA-prevention hospital guidelines
    Source: Nisqually Valley News (Monday April 13, 2009)

    The state Senate today concurred unanimously with the House in passing tough new procedures to help prevent the spread of infections acquired in hospitals and other health facilities.

  • Lax Needle Use in Clinics Raises Alarm
    Source: The Wall Street Journal (Wednesday February 4, 2009)

    The Safe Injection Practices Education and Awareness Campaign focuses on the dangers of health care workers reusing needles.

  • Simple techniques slash hospital infections: meeting

    Techniques that have resulted in reduction of superbugs were discussed at a meeting of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America in San Diego on Saturday.

  • Big drop in infection rates at NYC public hospitals

    The reduction in infection rates have occured since the public hospital system launched an aggressive patient safety agenda to reduce preventable deaths and unnecessary hospital stays. “The decline in infection rates represent more than 1,000 infections prevented and a savings of nearly $16 million in healthcare costs.” said HHC President Alan D. Aviles.

  • Bill aims to stop spread of MRSA in hospitals
    Source: The Olympian (Wednesday March 18, 2009)

    Representative Campbell’s legislation is an attempt to force hospitals to track drug-resistant MRSA infections and slow the bacteria’s spread

  • NC: Hospital infection rates go unreported to public
    Source: (Wednesday March 18, 2009)

    A bill before the NC legislature would require hospital publicly report infection rates.

  • Stethoscopes Infected with Deadly Bacteria
    Source: Natural (Thursday March 19, 2009)

    In the new study led by Dr. Merlin, who’s an assistant professor of emergency medicine and pediatrics at the University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey (UMDNJ) Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, one in 3 stethoscopes being used by emergency medical services (EMS) personnel in a New Jersey hospital’s emergency department tested positive for MRSA.

  • University of Pittsburgh
    Source: Pittsburgh Post Gazette (Thursday March 19, 2009)

    The Pennsylvania Department of Health has awarded the university a $4.7 million, four-year grant from the Tobacco Settlement Fund to study the spread and control of hospital-acquired infections

  • For some, Roseland infection cases are a call to action
    Source: CHI-Town Daily News (Wednesday March 4, 2009)

    Acinetobactor infected seven people at Roseland Hospital between January 26 and February 19.

  • SC: Hospital infections list can be found online

    Database compares incidents in S.C. hospitals to national averages

  • OH: Willard woman lost dad to C. diff bacteria

    About 50 Ohio hospitals have joined a federally supported project to help stop the spread of the potentially deadly intestinal bacteria. The Ohio Hospital Association and The Ohio State University Medical Center announced last week they will lead an effort to standardize tracking of C. diff infections. Participants will test new prevention methods.

  • State hospitals upholding a new standard

    Hospitals also had their own ways to indicate when staff should don gowns, gloves, goggles and masks before entering the rooms of patients who had to be isolated because of infection or the threat of infection. Now the “isolation precaution” signs all look the same.

  • Editorial: Ending a culture of resistance to MRSA screening
    Source: Seattle Times (Monday February 23, 2009)

    “Aggressive screening halts the spread of MRSA. Rather than fighting lawmakers, the Washington State Medical Association ought to encourage its 9,000 physician members to get behind mandatory screening.”

  • Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Central Line–Associated Bloodstream Infections in US Intensive Care Units, 1997-2007
    Source: JAMA (Wednesday February 18, 2009)

    Study finds MRSA cases in ICU reduced 50%.

  • “Superbug infections decline for procedure
    Source: Los Angeles Times (Wednesday February 18, 2009)

    Bloodstream infections caused by MRSA have dropped 50% in hospital ICUs in the last decade, according to a new study.

  • Hospitals release infection-study data
    Source: Amarillo. com (Thursday February 12, 2009)

    Amarillo health officials Wednesday released the findings of a study that details infection rates at three hospitals after the city initially attempted to conceal the information.

  • Deadly bacteria defy drugs, alarming doctors
    Source: Los Angeles Times (Tuesday February 17, 2009)

    A new category of bugs becomes more resistant to treatment, and their toll is expected to rise. Patient safety activist Kacia Warren interviewed about her mother’s unexpected death due to a multi-drug resistant strain of bacteria.

  • Hospital-acquired infections dip in Pennsylvania
    Source: Pittsburg Tribune Review (Thursday January 22, 2009)

    The rates of four common hospital-acquired infections dropped from 2006 to 2007 at Pennsylvania hospitals, according to the first report to compare annual infection rates.

  • Hospitals fight a drug-resistant bug that can kill
    Source: Chicago Daily Herold (Tuesday January 20, 2009)

    The infection rate has recently doubled in both frequency and fatalities, both in Illinois and nationally, to half a million cases annually nationwide, and 300 deaths a day, according to the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.

  • Surgical checklist can save lives
    Source: Montreal Gazette (Tuesday January 20, 2009)

    Following check list leads to dramatic reductions in hospital infections in Canada.

  • Medical community collaborates to cut medication errors and infections
    Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer (Tuesday January 20, 2009)

    A group of Ohio business leaders and 24 hospitals has launched what it hopes will become a statewide effort to reduce hospital medication errors and infections. Solutions for Patient Safety, as the effort is called, takes place as the state is preparing to publish hospital quality data, including some infection rates, on the Web for consumers.

  • To prevent hospital infections, start by insisting health-care workers wash up
    Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer (Sunday January 13, 2008)

    Includes preventing infections while in the hospital

  • Kentucky efforts targeting infections in hospitals
    Source: Louisville Courier Journal (Friday January 11, 2008)

    New bills aim to require MRSA screening and infection reporting

  • U.S. government sets infection control goals
    Source: Reuters UK (Tuesday January 6, 2009)

    The Health and Human Services Department released a plan to reduce hospital infections, which kill an estimated 99,000 people a year, affect 1.7 million patients and cost nearly $20 billion.

  • Infection control important for high-risk patients
    Source: AP (Tuesday December 30, 2009)

    Infections are the leading cause of preventable death among cancer patients. A report in Lancet Infectious Diseases notes there is no consensus on the best way to protect these patients. In a review of 40 studies, the authors determined that the best way to protect high-risk cancer patients is to combine preventive antibiotics and antifungal treatment with isolation and other methods.

  • Editorial: Doctor, Wash Your Hands
    Source: Bangor Daily News (Monday December 29, 2009)

    Most Maine hospitals are taking part in a standardized hand-washing and infection reporting system that soon will begin. The idea is to enable the hospitals to compare their records with one another and share knowledge of what works best.

  • California law requires hospitals to come clean on germs
    Source: Sacramento Bee (Monday December 29, 2009)

    Beginning Thursday, legislation will be phased in requiring all 400 hospitals in the state to implement tougher infection control practices to stem outbreaks.

  • Your right to learn infection rates at Ohio hospitals survives bid to stop it in legislature
    Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer (Friday December 19, 2008)

    Ohio Hospital Association tries to stop public reporting of hospital infection rates by amending an unrelated bill at end of session.

  • Now that law's passed, Texas needs to make hospital infection rates public
    Source: Dallas Morning News (Wednesday December 3, 2008)

    The reporting system, which was supposed to be in place by June 1, 2008, never came about because the Legislature failed to fund the measure.

  • Arkansas to start voluntary hospital infection reporting
    Source: KUAR Public Radio (Monday December 8, 2008)

    No one knows how many hospitals will participate when the program starts up in 2009. At any rate, the information will be pooled so that no individual hospital is identified.

  • Halting infection at the door
    Source: Omaha World Herald (Thursday December 4, 2008)

    The veterans hospital in Omaha and its counterparts nationwide are taking the rare step of testing every inpatient for a contagious, drug-resistant bacteria.

  • Vigilance stops dangerous hospital-borne infections
    Source: John Hopkins (Wednesday December 3, 2008)

    We know we should do it, but we often don’t wash our hands. While for you and me it may merely mean succumbing to a cold, for health care workers, it can mean spreading bacteria to a patient.

  • Editorial- The MRSA mess: a culture of resistance
    Source: Seattle Times (Monday November 24, 2008)

    A sloppy, uneven response by some hospitals has failed to confront the MRSA infection or adequately inform the public.

  • Prevention of MRSA stressed at conference
    Source: Lexington Herald Leader (Saturday November 29, 2008)

    A bug called MRSA turned Orvil Hazelton’s routine knee replacement into a nightmare that ended only after surgeons amputated his left leg just above the knee.

  • KY Health Care Transparency Conference

    The main topics of the conference were healthcare acquired infections, never events and healthcare transparency. Lisa McGiffert (Director of Stop Hospital is a featured speaker.

  • Chattanooga: Bacterial infection growing stronger
    Source: Chattanooga Times (Monday November 24, 2008)

    Though c. difficile infections are not tracked nationally or at the state level in Tennessee, Georgia or Alabama, a new study shows that the incidence is higher than expected.

  • Q&A: Clostridium difficile
    Source: BBC (Wednesday November 19, 2008)

    Health Protection Agency figures show there were 55,681 cases of C. difficile infection in patients aged 65 years and above in England in 2006 – up 8% on the previous year.

  • MRSA: Patients revolt against hospital secrecy
    Source: Seattle Times (Tuesday November 18, 2008)

    MRSA: Consumers have launched a battle against hospital secrecy and demanded aggressive steps to control infections like MRSA. But in Washington state, MRSA rates remain hidden and state initiatives to combat the drug-resistant germ have come up short.

  • Case studies: Rigorous testing slows MRSA germ in VA hospitals, Tacoma General
    Source: Seattle Times (Sunday November 16, 2008)

    An aggressive MRSA-screening program at Veterans Affairs medical centers has dramatically reduced infections, VA officials say. Tacoma General Hospital reports a similar success story.

  • Readers write in about Clostridium difficile
    Source: Triage: Chicago Tribune Blog (Sunday November 16, 2008)

    Readers share their C-Diff stories on Judith Grahams blog in the Chicago Tribune.

  • Culture of resistance: A Seattle Times Investigation
    Source: Seattle Times (Sunday November 16, 2008)

    Part 1: How our hospitals unleashed an epidemic; Part 2: After deadly outbreaks, hospital slow to change; and MRSA resources.

  • How our hospitals unleashed a MRSA epidemic
    Source: Seattle Times (Sunday November 16, 2008)

    MRSA, a drug-resistant germ, lurks in Washington hospitals, carried by patients and staff and fueled by inconsistent infection control. This stubborn germ is spreading here at an alarming rate, but no one has tracked these cases ― until now.

  • Hospitals Fail to Take Basic Steps to Stop MRSA’s Spread
    Source: WSJ Health Blog (Sunday November 16, 2008)

    MRSA, MRSA everywhere. And here comes the Seattle Times with a series on the spread of the nasty infection that’s resistant to many of the most widely used antibiotics.

  • Intestinal Infections on the Rise
    Source: ABC News (Tuesday November 11, 2008)

    Hospitals Struggle to Fight Bacterial Infection Known as C. Difficile

  • Hospital curtains carry Clostridium difficile
    Source: Triage: Chicago Tribune Blog (Friday November 14, 2008)

    They’re important reservoirs of the bacteria known as Clostridium difficile (C. diff), which has been in the news this week.

  • Conference will address MRSA and 'never events'
    Source: Lexington Herold Leader (Friday November 14, 2008)

    Issues surrounding hospital-acquired infections and other medical events “that should never happen” will highlight a health care conference in Lexington next week.

  • C. diff rate in hospitals 20 times greater than previously thought
    Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer (Thursday November 13, 2008)

    Privacy curtains may spread infections

  • Bacteria that attack guts more widespread than believed, study finds
    Source: Chicago Tribune (Wednesday November 12, 2008)

    A nasty germ that wreaks havoc in people’s guts is infecting hospital patients at rates much higher than previously estimated, according to a report released Tuesday.

  • Infections With Drug-Resistant Intestinal Bug Accelerating

    Deadly, diarrhea-causing germs are making hospital patients sick at an accelerating rate, researchers said today at a conference in Orlando.

  • Forget MRSA for a Moment, Clostridium Difficile is a Growing Problem

    With all the attention on antibiotic-resistant staph, or MRSA, you may have overlooked Clostridium difficile, the nasty bacterium behind a growing number of hospital-acquired infection.

  • Test Drug Does Well Against Hospital Infection

    A new antibiotic being developed by a small San Diego company fared well in a clinical trial, holding promise in treating an intestinal superbug that is commonly spread in hospitals and is becoming more deadly.

  • Diarrhea bacteria common in hospitals: survey
    Source: Reuters (Tuesday November 11, 2008)

    As many as 13 out of every 1,000 hospital patients are infected with Clostridium difficile, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology reported.

  • California Department of Public Health to monitor hospitals for MRSA, other bacterial infections
    Source: The Press-Enterprise (Sunday October 26, 2008)

    Gov. Schwarzenegger last month signed two bills that he said will help control hospital infections and lower health care costs by shortening patient stays and reducing avoidable deaths and illnesses.

  • Older donated blood is linked to infection risk, study says
    Source: LA Times (Wednesday October 29, 2008)

    Blood stored for more than 4 weeks tripled the likelihood of infection in the hospital compared with fresher blood, researchers say.

  • Burn victims exposed to superbug
    Source: The Toronto Star (Sunday October 19, 2008)

    Patients sent to U.S. due to bed shortages here return with dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria

  • Surveillance program leads to plunge in hospital MRSA rates
    Source: BattleCreekEnquirer (Thursday October 9, 2008)

    Kelly Walkinshaw, RN, BSN, has been honored by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC), for her success in reducing MRSA rates among Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patients at Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall, Michigan.

  • Infection Control Guidelines Issued
    Source: New York Times (Thursday October 9, 2008)

    Hoping to improve infection control in hospitals, the nation’s top epidemiological societies joined Wednesday with the American Hospital Association and the Joint Commission, which accredits hospitals, to issue a compendium of guidelines for preventing six lethal conditions.

  • Push intensifies to cut hospital infection rates
    Source: Boston Globe (Thursday October 9, 2008)

    Healthcare groups yesterday endorsed recommendations in a campaign to intensify hospitals’ efforts to prevent infections that contribute to an estimated 99,000 patient deaths a year in the United States.

  • Medicare won't pay for hospital mistakes anymore
    Source: New Jersey Star Ledger (Wednesday October 1, 2008)

    New federal regulations target 11 hospital-acquired conditions that are considered reasonably preventable.

  • Schwarzenegger signs bills to combat staph outbreaks in hospitals
    Source: LA Times (Septeber 26, 2008 (Friday September 26, 2008)

    The measures require hospitals to strengthen efforts to prevent the spread of bacteria and to reveal to the public their infection rates. The governor previously vetoed similar legislation.

  • NH: Hospitals to begin reporting infection rates
    Source: Union Leader (Sunday September 14, 2008)

    New Hampshire hospitals are expected to start reporting hospital-acquired infections to the state as soon as possible after several news stories revealed they are not abiding by a two-year-old law requiring them to do so.

  • Allegheny General takes the life out of infections
    Source: Pittsburgh Tribune Review (Monday September 1, 2008)

    AGH has attacked the bug problem with such diligence that it has virtually wiped out one of the deadliest types — central-line bloodstream infections. About 250,000 such infections occur in hospitals every year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Vermont: Officials say patients must be vigilant to control infections
    Source: VT Public Radio (Monday August 18, 2008)

    Hospital officials say doctors and their patients need to be constantly vigilant to prevent infections, especially from those caused by new strains of drug resistant bacteria.

  • A push for hospital compliance in NH
    Source: Union Leader (Sunday August 17, 2008)

    Two lawmakers want the commissioner of Health and Human Services to explain why the state isn’t enforcing a law requiring the public reporting of hospital-acquired infection rates.

  • Beyond MRSA: The new generation of resistant infections
    Source: The New Yorker (Monday August 11, 2008)

    The new generation of resistant infections is almost impossible to treat.

  • SC Hospital infection numbers released
    Source: Charleston Post & Courier (Wednesday August 6, 2008)

    Six more months worth of data cataloging hospital- associated infections in South Carolina was made public Monday.

  • Infection rate law mired in sick bay
    Source: Nashua Telgraph (Friday August 15, 2008)

    The state Legislature passed a law in 2006 that called for making public the infection rates at state hospitals. Today, the release of that critical information still appears to be years away.

  • NH health-care workers handwashing put at 69%
    Source: Union Leader (Sunday August 10, 2008)

    Although proper hand-washing would go a long way toward eliminating hospital-acquired infections, a statewide survey showed only 69 percent of health care workers did so before and after contact with patients and their environments at hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers.

  • Infections: Hospitals stay mum
    Source: NH Union Leader (Sunday August 10, 2008)

    Former House member Leo Pepino of Manchester vowed to eliminate hospital-acquired infections in New Hampshire after his wife battled three different cancers over the years, only to be further burdened by infections she picked up while hospitalized.

  • Hand Washing: Time Well Spent
    Source: Washington Post (Tuesday August 5, 2008)

    We Need Carrots and Sticks to Reduce Infection Rates.

  • Friends to help Manchester family bury young mom
    Source: NH Union Leader (Tuesday July 29, 2008)

    Shortly after being released from the hospital after his birth, Takea Harris developed an infection in the area of her C-section incision. She died a few weeks after giving birth.

  • New Study Finds Surgical Errors Cost Nearly $1.5 Billion Annually

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality released a study that found insurers paid an additional $28,218 (52 percent more) and an additional $19,480 (48 percent more) for surgery patients who experienced acute respiratory failure or post-operative infections, respectively, compared with patients who did not experience either error.

  • Hospital tries to win back patients
    Source: Fresno Bee (Friday July 25, 2008)

    It has been more than a week since Saint Agnes Medical Center resumed open-heart surgery after patient infection problems caused a shutdown of the program — and business isn’t what it used to be.

  • Hospitals, using single-bed rooms and improved ventilation, work to get healthier
    Source: LA Times (Monday July 28, 2008)

    Architects are designing new facilities with stemming the spread of infection in mind.

  • Who will pay for errors in your medical care?
    Source: Greenville Online (Saturday July 26, 2008)

    And according to Consumers Union, hospital-related errors and infections kill nearly 200,000 Americans and injure another 2.6 million every year, adding billions to the cost of health care.

  • MRSA carriers have persistent infection risk
    Source: Rueters (Friday July 25, 2008)

    People who harbor methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) for more than 1 year still have a substantial risk of MRSA-related infection and death, according to a study published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.

  • Single rooms may help in preventing infection
    Source: Leader Post (Monday July 21, 2008)

    Research suggests that single-bed rooms can reduce infection rates by up to 45 per cent.

  • Local Doctor Finding New Ways to Prevent Hospital Infections
    Source: Fox 11 News- LA (Tuesday July 15, 2008)

    One doctor is fighting back using a common-sense plan of attack hopital infections.

  • She expected routine surgery -- but not flesh-eating bacteria
    Source: LA Times (Sunday July 13, 2008)

    Two years later, Alicia Cole says she’s still recovering from her experience at Providence Saint Joseph. The hospital says it ranks ‘above average’ in the state for surgical infection prevention.

  • No hospitals named in tales of infection

    Three years after a law requiring hospitals to report their infection rates to the state passed, the numbers have been released — sort of.

  • New York Hospital Infection Rates Rise
    Source: Emax Health (Wednesday July 9, 2008)

    From now on the NY Department of Health aims at releasing similar data every year for each hospital separately.

  • Colorado Hospital Acquired Infections Data Now Available Online
    Source: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (Monday June 30, 2008)

    The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment today released the first Health Facility Acquired Infections Bulletin.

  • NY Health Department Issues First Hospital Infection Report

    View the report: Hospital-Acquired Infection Reporting System – 2007

  • CT: State Announces Healthcare Infection Control Education Campaign

    Department Public Health Handwashing Campaign Kick-Off (VIDEO)

  • MRSA Rates Tied to Hospital Understaffing
    Source: U.S. News and World Report (Tuesday June 24, 2008)

    “The drive toward greater efficiency by reducing the number of hospital beds and increasing patient throughput has led to highly stressed health-care systems with unwelcome side effects,” the researchers wrote.

  • Hospital survey finds more targeting resistant bacteria
    Source: Augusta Chronicle (Wednesday June 18, 2008)

    A survey released Tuesday by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology found that 76 percent had increased efforts in the past year to control the spread of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA.

  • Bill requires hospitals to report infections
    Source: SF Chronicle (Friday May 30, 2008)

    California hospitals would be required to step up prevention of drug-resistant infections and, for the first time, report any such cases to health authorities under a bill that passed the state Senate this week.

  • PA: C. diff bacteria infection sickens, kills more people
    Source: The Patriot News (Monday May 26, 2008)

    The number of hospital patients with C. diff increased by 200 percent from 2000 to 2005, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, a government agency.

  • Hospital acquired infections can be deadly
    Source: KCRA-TV (Monday May 12, 2008)

    A Sacramento TV station highlights the dangers of hospital infections and surveys hospitals on whether they will make their infection rates public (see story sidebar for their responses).

  • N.H. health providers sign on to infection-prevention program
    Source: Nashua Telegraph (Tuesday May 13, 2008)

    “High Five” is designed to make sure hand hygiene is an integral part of every patient contact in health care facilities.

  • Hospital infection data might be made public
    Source: Columbus Dispatch (Saturday May 10, 2008)

    As Nancy Oliver spoke of her father’s stay in an intensive-care unit, and of the infection that eventually killed him, her voice was calm, her delivery direct.

  • Kaiser Permanente On Hospital-Acquired Infections
    Source: KCRA (Sunday May 11, 2008)

    Kaiser Permanente answers questions about if and when their facilities will make their infection rates available to the public.

  • UC Davis Medical Center On Hospital-Acquired Infections
    Source: KCRA (Sunday May 11, 2008)

    The hospital answers questions about why they don’t currently make their infection rates available to the pulblic.

  • Actress Raises Awareness of Hospital Acquired Infections

    Actress and now patient safety after contracting Necrotizing Fasciitis (NF), also known as Man-Eating Flesh Disease.

  • Panel to weigh whether to have hospitals report infections
    Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer (Tuesday May 6, 2008)

    A state panel will consider whether Ohio hospitals should have to publicly report certain infections contracted by patients.

  • Hospital infections: Tracking killer that lies in wait
    Source: Orange County Register (Monday May 5, 2008)

    A bill introduced in the California Senate by Sen. Elaine Alquist would require hospitals to publicly report their infection rates.

  • A Bad Germ Gets Worse
    Source: MSNBC (Friday May 2, 2008)

    Rising rates of the bacterial infection Clostridium difficile, known as C. diff, are sparking worries about a virulent form of the bug that can cause severe diarrhea – and death.

  • Don't let a hospital kill you
    Source: CNN (Thursday May 1, 2008)

    Josh Nahum is one of 99,000 people who die each year because of infections acquired in the hospital.

  • State, CDC track link in child flu deaths
    Source: The Boston Globe (Friday April 25, 2008)

    Massachusetts health authorities have linked two recent childhood flu deaths to a germ called methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, known as MRSA

  • Bay Area hospital collaboration reduces hospital-acquired infections
    Source: SF Business Times (Monday April 21, 2008)

    Approximately 720 infections were likely prevented, saving an estimated 194 lives and nearly $4 million in unnecessary hospital costs.

  • CSI Techniques Could Help Battle Against Hospital Infections
    Source: Digital Journal (Sunday April 27, 2008)

    Investigators in the Netherlands have trialed methods used by forensic scientists at crime scenes to highlight infection risks in their hospital.

  • The Fight Against Hospital-Acquired Infections

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office weighed in this week on the state of hospital infections in a report that urged the Department of Health and Human Services to play a bigger role in overseeing recommended practices for countering infections.

  • Report Says Feds Should Do More to Stop Hospital Infections
    Source: U.S. News & World Report (Thursday April 17, 2008)

    Ten years ago, Edward Lawton’s life took an unpredictable twist: While hospitalized and recovering from spinal surgery, he acquired several severe infections. Resistant to treatment, they ravaged his body, damaging his bones. Now, he is confined to a wheelchair.

  • Editorial: Hospitals Fight MRSA Screening
    Source: Hartford Courant (Thursday April 17, 2008)

    Connecticut hospitals continue to stonewall and fight a sane and sound amendment to Senate Bill 579.

  • More federal action needed on hospital infections

    Consumers Union calls for bolder federal steps to protect patients from hospital infections. Statement of Lisa McGiffert Director, Consumers Union’s Stop Hospital Infections to House Oversight and Government Reform Committee On Healthcare -Acquired Infections

  • Pennsylvania's New Hospital Infection Report
    Source: US News and World Report (Friday April 11, 2008)

    Sunshine not only fights infection—sunshine laws push data out of the shadows into the public arena, where it belongs.

  • New PA Report on hospital infection rates
    Source: The Tribune Democrat (Thursday April 10, 2008)

    Area hospitals mixed on infection report

  • MRSA rates continue steady climb upward, new Canadian data show
    Source: The Canadian Press (Wednesday March 26, 2008)

    Canadian study: an estimated 2,300 Canadians lost their lives in 2006 to antibiotic resistant Staph bacteria and added $200 million to $250 million to the country’s health-care bill.

  • Preventing MRSA: Why I wear a bowtie
    Source: Consumer Reports on Health (Friday February 15, 2008)

    Neckties worn by doctors in hospitals have been implicated as carriers of infection causing bacteria

  • Hospital's bloodstream infections down to zero
    Source: (Monday March 24, 2008)

    A bundle of infection control best practices has brought catheter-related bloodstream infections down to zero at a northern California hospital

  • Are California hospitals doing enough to stop MRSA?
    Source: KPIX-TV San Francisco (Thursday March 20, 2008)

    The public is kept in the dark about MRSA and other hospital infections

  • MRSA bill takes heat at Capitol
    Source: Columbia Tribune (Sunday March 16, 2008)

    HB 1546, would have required testing for MRSA in patients and doctors, isolation of infected patients and public reporting of MRSA hospital infection rates.

  • North state patient's recovery stalled by persistent infection
    Source: Sacramento BEE Unpublishing; moved behind paywall (gf, 03.30.2009 (Saturday March 15, 2008)

    “This is preventable,” said Colas, angry and anxious to get back home. “People don’t have to get staph infections.”

  • Salem Hospital goes to war with MRSA
    Source: Statesman Journal, Salem, OR (Tuesday March 18, 2008)

    Goal is to reduce overall transmission of the bacteria

  • Hospital seeing decline in infectious diseases
    Source: WFMZ-TV (Friday March 14, 2008)

    Pennsylvania hospital infection report has prompted poor performing hospital to improve patient care and reduce infections

  • MRSA 'Superbug' Becoming More Resistant
    Source: MSNBC (Wednesday March 5, 2008)

    ‘They Can Adapt to Virtually any Pressure That We Expose Them To,’ Doctors Say

  • Accountability in mind
    Source: Concord Monitor (Sunday March 2, 2008)

    Sisters watched their mother suffer from infection in hospital

  • MRSA: Understand your risk and how to prevent infection

    MRSA — or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus — has been a problem in hospital and health care settings for years.

  • Superbug order creates controversy
    Source: Sacramento Bee Unpublishing; moved behind paywall (gf, 03.30.2009 (Friday February 15, 2008)

    California now requires reporting of serious MRSA cases, but leaves out cases acquired in hospitals

  • California hospitals must report serious community acquired MRSA cases
    Source: San Francisco Chronicle (Friday February 15, 2008)

    But new state requirement fails to require reporting of hospital acquired MRSA

  • State to launch crackdown on hospital infection rates
    Source: Boston Globe (Thursday February 14, 2008)

    Panel OKs plan for inspections and report cards

  • State must track MRSA infections
    Source: Lexington Herald Leader (Monday February 4, 2008)

    Kentucky physician advocates for tracking of MRSA infections.

  • Keeping it clean, safe for patients

    Nurse credited for new system that prevents bloodstream infections. A Sacramento-area hospital is emerging as a nationwide leader in the push to eliminate deadly infections picked up by unsuspecting hospital patients.

  • Hand gels alone may not curb infections
    Source: Associated Press (Tuesday January 29, 2008)

    Nebraska researcher says hand hygiene is still important, but it’s not a panacea

  • Bundled hospital practices help prevent infections
    Source: USA Today (Wednesday January 16, 2008)

    Hospitals are attacking potentially fatal infections by marrying a series of proven medical treatments in an approach called a “bundle.”

  • Editorial: Beating the staph superbug
    Source: Los Angeles Times (Monday January 14, 2008)

    The MRSA staph infection is a deadly threat. It’s time for a broad-based response

  • Hospitals score poorly on preventing urinary tract infections
    Source: US News & World Report (Wednesday January 9, 2008)

    Most don’t even do basic monitoring of catheterized patients, study found

  • FDA approves blood test for 'superbug'
    Source: Greenville News (Thursday January 3, 2008)

    Rapid test will enable faster treatment, containment of resistant staph germ

  • Hospital Strategies to Prevent UTI Found Wanting
    Source: MedPage Today (Thursday January 3, 2008)

    New survey finds hospitals not doing enough to prevent urinary tract infections.

  • California bill will address hospital infection rates and the problem of MRSA
    Source: LA Times (Thursday December 20, 2007)

    Articles highlight the work of activist Carole Moss, whose son, Nile, died of a MRSA infection and nine hospitals that prevented 600 infections using a data-mining program to flag infections early to stop them from being passed to other patients.

  • U.S. Healthcare Not Doing Enough to Curb MRSA infections
    Source: KIII-TV South Texas (Friday December 28, 2007)

    Consumers Union Calls on Hospitals to Invest More Resources

  • CA: Talks of exterminating the 'super bug'
    Source: KABC-TV (Thursday December 20, 2007)

    Carole Moss of Riverside told a state Senate Committee today the state is ill-prepared for the growing number of cases related to the deadly, often drug-resistant bacteria called MRSA.

  • Making hospitals pay for their mistakes
    Source: New York Times (Wednesday December 19, 2007)

    Medicare will limit payments to hospitals for certain avoidable mistakes like catheter-associated urinary tract infections

  • UK: MRSA test on new patients reduces infections by 40%
    Source: UK Times Online (Wednesday December 19, 2007)

    A quick test for the drug-resistant bacterium MRSA has helped a London hospital to cut infection rates by almost 40 per cent in a single year.

  • Hospitals marshal resources against MRSA
    Source: USA Today (Sunday December 2, 2007)

    A new federal report on MRSA has prompted hospitals to step up their fight against the superbug.

  • Legislation calls for testing patients for MRSA
    Source: Albany Times Union (Thursday November 22, 2007)

    New York lawmakers consider MRSA screening.

  • Idaho hopes to get handle on potentially deadly staph
    Source: Idaho Statesman (Thursday November 15, 2007)

    Health and Welfare Board considers rule requiring health care facilities to report non-fatal cases of MRSA.

  • Gregoire takes on superbug MRSA
    Source: The Seattle Times (Thursday November 15, 2007)

    Gov. Christine Gregoire wants medical laboratories around the state to report cases of invasive MRSA infections and instructed the health department to convene a panel of scientific experts to recommend the best, scientifically sound strategies to monitor and curb antibiotic-resistant organisms.

  • Hospitals slow to battle superbug
    Source: Portland Tribune (Friday November 16, 2007)

    Locally, only VA screens for fast-spreading MRSA bacteria.

  • Why Aren’t The Feds Fighting MRSA Harder?
    Source: AP (November, 7, 2007 (Wednesday November 7, 2007)

    Hospitals Are Adopting Superbug Screening, But The CDC Hasn’t Ordered Tests

  • Top Doc: Staph "The Cockroach Of Bacteria"
    Source: AP (November, 7, 2007 (Wednesday November 7, 2007)

    CDC Head Says MRSA Infections Can Be Avoided With Common Sense Hygiene

  • Testing Patients for MRSA
    Source: CBS Nightly News (November, 7, 2007 (Wednesday November 7, 2007)

    Nineteen thousand Americans die every year from MRSA, and most contract the disease in hospitals. Critics say testing for the bacteria should be compulsory.

  • Infection data offers partial view of hospitals
    Source: Columbia Tribune (Sunday November 4, 2007)

    Missouri released surgical infection data for all hospitals for the first time in the state’s history.

  • How staph became drug-resistant threat
    Source: Chicago Tribune (Sunday November 4, 2007)

    MRSA has transformed itself into a menacing microbe with fewer weaknesses and perhaps more lethal power.

  • Three part series on Acinetobacter Baumannii, a bacteria infecting soldiers returning from Iraq.

    Exclusive: Insurgents in the Bloodstream: (Part 1),(Part 2), (Part 3)

  • Getting a clean bill of health
    Source: Baltimore Sun (Thursday November 1, 2007)

    To avoid infections, be proactive about doctors’ hygiene

  • NJ hospitals to report infection rates under new law
    Source: Associated Press (Wednesday October 31, 2007)

    New Jersey becomes the 20th state to require public reporting of hospital infection rates

  • 'Superbug' spreading, but statistics about it aren't
    Source: Houston Chronicle (Tuesday October 30, 2007)

    Texas hospitals don’t have to make cases of deadly infection public

  • Staph often adds danger, days to patient’s stay
    Source: Portland Tribune (Friday October 26, 2007)

    New law requires hospitals to start reporting infections in 2009

  • Putting Superbugs on the Defensive
    Source: Wall Street Journal (Tuesday October 23, 2007)

    Hospitals Begin to Tout Ability to Control Infection; Mining the Available Data

  • Deadly superbug is here – why isn’t it tracked?
    Source: Seattle Times (Thursday October 18, 2007)

    Unlike mumps or measles, MRSA cases need not be reported to public-health authorities in this state.

  • Drug-Resistant Staph Germ's Toll Is Higher Than Thought
    Source: Washington Post (Wednesday October 17, 2007)

    MRSA is killing more people in the United States each year than the AIDS virus.

  • Pressure is on hospitals to stamp out bacterial bugs
    Source: USA Today (Monday October 15, 2007)

    Physicians, safety advocates and government officials are mobilizing to prevent the infections that have stricken an increasing number of hospital patients over the past three decades.

  • Deadly mystery disease follows troops home
    Source: San Francisco Chronicle (Sunday October 7, 2007)

    Infections seen in military hospitals in Iraq spread to U.S.

  • US Hospitals Report Infections Increasing in Frequency and Cost
    Source: Science Daily (Wednesday September 26, 2007)

    A new review of inpatient data from US hospitals shows that the number of infections caused by a common bacterium increased by over 7 percent each year from 1998 to 2003.

  • Getting The Bugs Out
    Source: Washington Post (Tuesday September 25, 2007)

    VA and MD hospitals vary on applying practices used to prevent surgical infections.

  • UK Doctors' long-sleeved coats banished to counter MRSA
    Source: The Guardian (Monday September 17, 2007)

    New dress code for all National Health Services UK staff

  • Reducing hospital-acquired infections is within our reach
    Source: Telegram, Worchester, MA (Wednesday September 12, 12)

    Commentary on public infection reporting bills currently before the MA legislature and Department of Public Health proposal to train hospitals and patients, and require public reporting of infection rates.

  • Report: 87 Percent of U.S. Hospitals Don’t Take Recommended Steps to Prevent Avoidable Infections
    Source: Infection Control Today (Monday September 10, 2007)

    Analysis of 1,256 hospitals that participate in the Leapfrog Hospital Quality and Safety Survey, an annual rating system of a hospital’s quality and safety practices. The full report is to be issued on September 18.

  • Pitt study calls for changes to national infection control policies
    Source: Pittsburg Tribune Review (Wednesday August 22, 2007)

    University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 20-hospital study showed that monitoring institutional water systems can help predict the risk of hospital-acquired Legionella pneumonia, better known as Legionnaires’ disease.

  • Hospitals Collaborate To Change Methods To Prevent Infections
    Source: The New York Sun (Monday August 20, 2007)

    The expansion comes as state health officials have started collecting data on infections from hospitals that it plans to publicize next year for the first time in a report card format.

  • Medicare Will Not Pay For Hospital Mistakes And Infections, New Rule
    Source: Medical News Today (Monday August 20, 2007)

    CMS said that the new rules will not only improve the quality of care for Medicare benificiaries, but will save millions of taxpayer dollars every year.

  • Editorial: Hospital, infect me not
    Source: Boston Globe (Sunday August 12, 2007)

    Patients in hospitals should not end up worse off than when they were admitted because of an infection acquired during treatment.

  • Super Germs
    Source: WLKY-Louiville, KY (Friday August 3, 2007)

    Kentucky infection control specialist says hospitals across the US will have to eventually test patients for MRSA when they are admitted.

  • Drug-resistant staph on the rise
    Source: Spokesman-Review (Sunday July 22, 2007)

    MRSA infections have increased exponentially in the past decade.

  • Pennsylvania aims at staph infections
    Source: Philadelphia Inquirer (Friday July 20, 2007)

    Under a new Pennsylvania law, hospitals will be required to test high risk patients for MRSA.

  • Delaware hospital infection data to be made public
    Source: WBOC-TV (Thursday July 12, 2007)

    Hospitals in Delaware can no longer keep certain information about infections secret from the public

  • DE Hospital infection data to be made public
    Source: Newszap Delaware (Wednesday July 11, 2007)

    New law HB 47 sponsored by Rep. Hudson, will required hospitals to report their infections to the public.

  • Oregon law aims to curb hospital infections
    Source: Eugene Register Guard (Saturday July 7, 2007)

    Oregon is poised to become the latest state to require hospitals to publicly report their infection rates for certain procedures.

  • Infection reporting law lacks teeth
    Source: The Nashua Telgraph (Sunday July 8, 2007)

    NH legislators appropriate $1 for hospital infection reporting.

  • Health bills take aim at hospital infections
    Source: Scranton Times Tribune (Wednesday July 4, 2007)

    Reducing the patient infection rate is a key goal of Gov. Ed Rendell’s ambitious health care reform agenda.

  • New Medicare rules on payment for hospital infections
    Source: NH Public Radio (Thursday June 28, 2007)

    Consumers Union emphasizes patients should not be billed for the infections targeted by Medicare

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