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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!""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!"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:""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!