HHS has just started adding data on CLABSIs (“central line-associated bloodstream infections,” an important category of hospital-caused infections) to its Hospital Compare website. Here are instructions from the Consumers Union Safe Patient Project, which pushed for this, on how to find the data:
Central Line Bloodstream Infection Information Now Available for Hospitals Nationwide
Instructions for Finding Out About Your Hospital:
The Department of Health & Human Services is now disclosing for the first time information to compare central line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) in intensive care units at hospitals across the country. Three months of CLABSI information for each hospital is posted on the federal Hospital Compare web site and will be updated quarterly. The web site will provide rates for other hospital-acquired infections in the future.
To get the most information from this new data:
1. Go to http://www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov/
2. enter a zip code and select “Find Hospitals”
3. Check 3 hospitals to compare, then select the green “Compare” button
4. Select “Patient Safety measures” in the left column
5. Scroll all the way down to “New” “Healthcare Associated Infections”
6. Select “view graphs”
7. The graph will show if your hospital had zero of these infections or is worse or better compared to similar hospitals nationally and statewide. The “SIR” numbers tell you how much worse or how much better.
This is what the Susan G. Komen Foundation said in 2009 on their own forums about their belief that Planned Parenthood provides needed — and in many cases the only available — breast health care for poor and uninsured women. Yesterday, under anti-abortion pressure, they changed their minds.
In Planned Parenthood’s budget, 3% goes for abortions; 17% goes for breast and cervical cancer screening. To make ideological points, SGK is willing to see those health-preserving activities go away.
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