Saturday, February 03, 2007

Stop Hospital Infections

We just won a big health care victory--Congress voted YES last Friday to allow Medicare to negotiate lower prices for its prescription drugs. Now, we need you to turn your attention to Ohio to keep our momentum going for better health services. Help us stop the MRSA epidemic, a deadly “super bug,” antibiotic-resistant, and often incurable infection.

Take a moment to tell your governor to take immediate steps to stop the MRSA epidemic.

An estimated 17,000 people die each year from MRSA. Hospital patients with MRSA are four times as likely to die, will stay far longer in the hospital, and will pay far more. Hospitals can do more to stop this “super bug” by prioritizing infection prevention. Your governor can give them strong incentives to improve.

In the last two years: 42 states have considered bills, 16 states have passed hospital infection public reporting laws, and now we need to focus on MRSA.

Tell your governor to find out which hospitals are doing the best job.

Lisa McGiffert
A project of Consumers Union
506 W. 14th Street
Austin, TX 78701

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