Hospital Safety

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Inland area hospitals grapple with infectious diseases

Infection expert Silvia Gnass had barely begun her new job at Riverside County Regional Medical Center two years ago when she began counting cases of patient infections to report to Washington and Sacramento.

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Guide to the Infection Numbers

For the first time, health care consumers can learn about infection counts at most California hospitals. Due to a complex format, however, consumers may need some time to navigate the new 95-page report. A few pointers:

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Capital Public Radio features hospital infection project

Senior reporter Deborah Schoch appeared on Capital Public Radio's Insight show today to talk about her in-depth reporting on California's hospital infection rates. California just released infection data for most of the general acute care hospitals...

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20 California Hospitals that did not report their Hospital Acquired Infection incidents

The following California Hospitals did not report to the state on their Hospital Acquired Infection incidents, January 2009-March 2010...

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California Health Department releases Infection data, but with caveats

For nearly a decade, patient advocates have been waiting to hear which California hospitals have good safety records, and which are plagued with high infection rates.

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A look at the four infections California will soon report

The California Department of Public Health is required to report data from acute-care hospitals on four different hospital-acquired infections:

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More reading on hospital acquired infections

- "The Checklist,” Atul Gawande, New Yorker, Dec. 10, 2007.

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Pronovost shows how checklists can slash infections

If the infection fight has a national hero, that would be Dr. Peter Pronovost, a Johns Hopkins anesthesiologist who has convinced some of the country’s most prestigious hospitals to fight infections with a simple five-point checklist.

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Some states aggressively push disclosure of infection data

When Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a 2004 infection reporting bill, less than a half-dozen states had passed laws requiring hospitals to inform the public about infections that patients acquired at hospitals.

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