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  • Outpatient Antibiotic Utilization Highest in West Virginia and Kentucky

    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.Source: Epidemonomics Blog; Nov. 17, 2011

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

    Users of WhyNotTheBest.org can now search for and compare data for nearly 1,000 hospitals on the incidence of central line–associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs)—one of the most lethal hospital-acquired complications. The data show wide variation in CLABSI incidence, in spite of strong evidence on how to prevent them. The updated data is made possible through a partnership among The Commonwealth Fund, The Leapfrog Group, and Consumers Union.Source: The Commonwealth Fund (July 2010)

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User Submitted Links (7)

  • On April 2, 2009 Delores Moore posted:

    Hospitals are where people are expected to be healed,not killed or badly damaged. Require hand washing, in fact demand it. Be more careful concerning medicine dispensed.

  • On April 2, 2009 Hilda Eiber-McCabe posted:

    I have personally known people who have suffered from being given the wrong medication. I myself have been given medication which made me sick after the 1st dosage and was told to keep taking it so I would get used to it. As I became more ill with every dose I was told that I could not stop or I could have a stroke. I then went to another physician who told me that at the dosage and length of time I could have stopped with out any problem. When I went back to the previous doctor and told him of my progress after stopping the medication he had the nerve to charge me $300. for the office visit. I think cases like this happen every day in this country and there must be clearer guide lines for doctors being held responsible for their actions.

  • On April 2, 2009 Denise posted:

    I have watched my mom & dad both get staff infections, in the hospital and when confronted and telling the hospitals about it they act like that never happens,and we knew how it happened, plus my mother died from the drs not making sure that the orders were followed over the wknd while some one else covered for them, and when the family can see it and continues to ask because of lack of care and the nurses see it but cant do anything about it they watch patients die all the time, and the hosptials have a monopoly they know you have to go there…VERY SAD, my mom died un neccesarily!!!!

  • On April 3, 2009 JS posted:

    My father died after complications of hip replacement which replacement was brought about by his slip and fall at a nursing home where he was a fall risk. No one ever contacted us for any details, so I wonder if it was ever reported or noticed by any oversight committee.

  • On April 4, 2009 Daniel O. Boone posted:

    My biggest concern lies with the number of persons contracting MRSA or other infections IN A HEALTH CARE FACILITY.

  • On October 31, 2009 cherrie posted:

    I miss her more everyday yesterday one of her drs told me it was malpractice why? why her?

  • On April 15, 2010 Glenda Spencer posted:

    We are supposed to be the greatest nation on earth. So, why are we letting patients in hospitals die of preventable infections?