Victims of Hospital-Stay Infections: 650K a Year

What to do if you’ve become a patient safety statistic
washingtonpost-p0326-hospital-patients-page-001-21-e1395864626860‘One in 25 patients in U.S. hospitals has an infection acquired as part of his or her care despite modest progress in controlling those pathogens inside medical facilities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday in its most comprehensive look at a stubborn and lethal health-care problem.

‘The CDC’s 2011 survey of 183 hospitals showed that an estimated 648,000 patients nationwide suffered 721,000 infections, and 75,000 of them died — though it is impossible to tell from the data how many deaths were directly attributable to the acquired infection, said Michael Bell, deputy director of CDC’s division of health care quality promotion. Nevertheless, “today and every day, more than 200 Americans with healthcare-associated infections will die during their hospital stay,” CDC Director Tom Frieden said in a news release…’

Six recommended steps to take if you’ve suffered harm in a medical facility
‘If studies are accurate, more than a million patients are harmed a year by the medical care they thought would heal them. When it happens, many patients and their family members don’t know where to turn for answers and accountability.

‘To provide some guidance I spoke to Helen Haskell, founder of Mothers Against Medical Error. She recommends they take six steps.

‘If you’re a patient who has been harmed, help us explore the issue by sharing your story with ProPublica reporters. We’re also seeking medical providers to volunteer their expertise…’

Autism in Kids Jumps 30%
CDC report concludes that 1 in 68 has it
‘One in 68 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a 30% increase from 1 in 88 two years ago, according to a new report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

‘This newest estimate is based on the CDC’s evaluation of health and educational records of all 8-year-old children in 11 states: Alabama, Wisconsin, Colorado, Missouri, Georgia, Arkansas, Arizona, Maryland, North Carolina, Utah and New Jersey…’

Brain Changes Suggest Autism Starts In The Womb
If one parent or both are drug users, doesn’t that trigger autism on the child in womb?
‘Brain tissue taken from children who died and also happened to have autism revealed patches of disorganization in the cortex, a thin sheet of cells that’s critical for learning and memory, in the New England Journal of Medicine. Tissue samples from children without autism didn’t have those characteristic patches.

‘The finding should bolster efforts to understand how genes control brain development and lead to autism. It also suggests that treatment should start early in childhood, when the brain is capable of rewiring to work around damaged areas…’


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