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Bill makes hospitals reveal infections
by Karen Palumbo   
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Last edited: Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Posted: Wednesday, March 21, 2007

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"Hospitals would have to disclose how often their patients get infections under a bill approved Tuesday March 20, 2007 by a (Texas) Senate panel......"

        Such a tiny, almost well hidden, obscure article that I managed to locate as I scrutinized my local newspaper this evening. This one just boggles the imagination and flirts with plain common sense. Why is it that the most simpliest, mundane, common sense tasks are being treated as if some new invention?

     "Sen. Jane Nelson, said the measure she sponsored would allow consumers to study infection rates online before choosing a hospital."
      All well and good, but to the best of my knowledge, whenever I needed to see a medical doctor, he or she made the choice as to which hospital I was going to end up in. Don't they usually attach themselves to a particular hospital to work out of? 
      I have never been so priviledged as to tell any doctor which hospital I was going to stay at. They are not exatcly hotels or motels. You have to go to the hospital that your particular doctor is affiliated with, right?
     "The last thing a sick person needs is to acquire a new infection while seeking treatment," she said. Isn't that what "staff infection" is?
     "Sen. Royce West questioned whether the hospital industry was trying to use the bill to shield information from victims of medical malpractice and their lawyers. Ms. Nelson said she would urge hospitals and trial lawyers to work the issue out before the bill reaches the Senate floor."
     "Dr. Robert Haley, an epidemiologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, said confidentiality provisions in the bill would not work against plantiffs.
      But he said altering the provisions would unravel a compromise among hospitals, doctors and consumer groups."
     So let me see, exactly what is it that they are worried about?  Are they concerned people might notice that a given hospital is dirty, or perhaps unsanitary? Or are they concerned that their untarnished reputations, therefore their livlihood might be threatened? Or could it be, let the truth be known, that some do not care about their patients? Only care about money, money, money!
      "Nationwide, about ninety thousand patients DIE each year of infections acquired while in the hospital.
      Under Ms. Nelson's bill, hospitals would report quarterly on their infections and the state would verify and publish them on a new Web site.
     One published rate would cover infections among patients who received intravenous therapy in an intensive care unit. Others would track infection rates for different surgical procedures, such as heart bypasses and hip and knee replacements."
     Well, okay, but I still do not hear any mention about CLEANING, CLEANSING, AND STERILIZING. Is it me? Am I missing something?  You would think that CLEAN  and STERILIZATION would be at the top of their list of concerns.  "90,000 PATIENTS A YEAR ARE DYING due to lack of clean hands, sterilzed equipment, clean operating rooms and clean patient rooms? What is wrong with this picture!




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Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 3/22/2007
Chilling read, Karen; even hospitals aren't safe when they are supposed to be giving the best care to their patients! Thanks for shining your light on this alarming problem; hospitals here are on their way to suffering an irreversable Code Blue with no hope for survival!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Burleson, Karen Lynn. :(

I think Trask summed it up perfectly below. We are helping others when we should be helping our OWN.
Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK 3/22/2007
Given Millions Illegals Mexicanos FREE FOR ALL(FREE MEDICAL) DISEASE What Else Do You Expect To Find In Hospitals-MORE DISEASE...

Eye Opener Write On...

Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 3/22/2007
I have a friend who is a research physician. She said if you want to die, go to a hospital. Good article.

Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 3/22/2007
By washing hands for lonfer than 20 seconds each time this can be avoided!!

Love tinka
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 3/22/2007

When I was a medic in the Air Force (a loooooooooooong time ago LOL), we were told to wash our hands, wash our hands, wash our hands BEFORE and AFTER patient contact.

Still, 90,000 people a year are dying; how many more are sickened? (Like me: twice I aquired a hospital born staff infection.)


Excellent indictment of foolishness at high levels--well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 3/22/2007
A suggestion was made, seriously, meaning it... quote, "that all hospital's staff should wash the hands after every contact with patients" unquote.
Are they serious? Was it not in their books before? Are they mad?
Anyway, the only thing left for all of us is to keep pounding the drums until they come tired of the noise.
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