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people can't see through this...""The 4th Annual Conference of the Natl Assoc of Healthcare Advocates will be held Nov. 1-3 at the Hyatt Regency in Boston, MA. Please share or retweet with anyone who might be interested.""Robin sent me this i have since commented on there several times,, its sad this is still happening, i just dont understand for those of us who are living through the hell there is no help, where are all the experienced doctors????""when a mistake happens or someone screws up, the solution is to look the other way rather than to acknowledge the problem and try to fix it."Find out what patient safety advocates are saying about the CDC healthcare-acquired infections meeting last week!"Several years ago; I spoke to one of the big wigs at CDC in Atlanta, about MRSA; his answer to my questions (4of them) was this, 1) there is NO LAW that states we are required to report staph infections; 2) we will NOT report them until there is one on the books - 3) WE will decide what to report and what not to report - do I trust the CDC - NO!!!! Will I ever trust the CDC - - - NOT NO--- HECK NO!!! They are nothing more than pencil pushing bureaucrats that sit in an office all day to collect their above average government pay checks - Their attitude is you have to loose so many lives before they take interest - I guess 100,000 plus annual loss of life from Hospital Acquired Staph Infections is not a large enough number.""In January 2013, acute care hospitals will have to start reporting MRSA and C.diff hospital-acquired infections (confirmed by lab tests) to CDC's National Healthcare Safety Network. A year later we should start seeing information about these infections posted on the Medicare Hospital Compare site."Dianne - The CDC is far from perfect but the reality is that they are not a regulatory or enforcement agency. My experience having been at the Consumers Union/CDC meeting is that the staff members we met with are as frustrated and dissatisfied with the pace of progress as we are but are dealing with the constraints of their mandate (e.g. cannot force change on states only advise). I agree that we cannot simply leave this work to any government agency but I also think we can work with them where appropriate while ensuring public pressure exists to speed change. We need a variety of inside/outside strategies to make a real difference."Dr. Marty Makary's book ""Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won't Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care"" is on the New York Times best seller lists! http://unaccountablebook.com""Dr. Marty Makary's book ""Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won't Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care"" is on the New York Times best seller lists! http://unaccountablebook.com"Check out my blog post about visiting the CDC with other patient safety activists to talk about C. diff and other HAIs."Christian, you mention some special setaside time at CDC to discuss C.diff. I'm mostly ignorant of HAI issues aside from my dad dying due to MRSA. Are these two infections considered in the same or different categories by CDC and/or medicine?""Bart - Though both MRSA and C. diff are HAIs, they differ in how they are transmitted, with C. diff being the harder to tackle from an environmental cleanliness aspect, owing to the difference in their makeup (C. diff enters a sport form outside of the body, which is resistant to most antibacterial cleaners). Also, while MRSA transmission and death rates have been declining (though not by nearly enough) over the last few years, C. diff's are rising. So while they're largely both considered HAIs, C. diff has become a bigger priority recently, though that could change again.""Stainless steel looks clean, but can harbor pathogens. Copper and brass surfaces kill germs. I think of all metal surfaces that didn't have to be steel were replaced with copper, hospitals would be significantly less dangerous.""With the exception of C. difficile spores, copper killed concentrations as high as 100 million Colony Forming Units of these organisms within approximately two hours. A concentration of 1,000,000 C. difficile spores was completely killed within 24 hours. Most of these organisms can survive for days on common surfaces, while C. difficile spores can survive for months.""From the PDF link at the bottom of: http://www.antimicrobialcopper.com/us/news-center/articles--publications/armedforces-poster.aspx""The Empowered Patient Coalition has updated our Hospital Guide and it is now a free download on our website. Please share with others so patients and their advocates will be informed and engaged when seeking medical care. We need your help to get the word out!