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Consumer Reports Health: Central-Line Infection Rates in Los Angeles Hospitals Vary Dramatically; Some Hospitals Not Reporting
Date:2/2/2010

uding those working with Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, have helped enact laws in 27 states, forcing hospitals to publicly disclose their infection rates.  To date, 17 of those states have made that information publicly available.  

California has passed a hospital-infection reporting law but the state has not started disclosing infection rates to the public.  Under the state's law, the Department of Health is required to issue its first report on central line-associated bloodstream infections on January 1, 2011.  "California has already failed to meet some of the initial requirements of its hospital infection law so we are concerned that it will miss the deadline for issuing its first infection rate report next year," said Lisa McGiffert, Director of Consumers Union's Safe Patient Project (www.SafePatientProject.org ).  "Until the state makes infection rates public for all California hospitals, consumers will be left with an incomplete picture of this critical patient safety information."  

Consequently, the Consumer Reports ratings for California hospitals are based on Leapfrog data. "It is important to recognize that many hospitals demonstrate commitment to their communities by willingly reporting safety data—warts and all. Consumers should be most wary of hospitals that are asked to report by their patients (or customers), and refuse," said Leah Binder, CEO of the Leapfrog Group.   Binder noted that more than 7
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