stats on hospital infection rates

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   Posted 1/14/2011 4:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Just wondering if there is a way to get public stats on hospitals infections ex. staph, .blood steam infections.. etc.
We think we may have a surgeon just want to check on the hospitals.. 

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   Posted 1/14/2011 4:52 PM (GMT -6)   

Found out my link does show up the info anymore on what I was going to post.


Post Edited (zufus) : 1/14/2011 3:00:59 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/14/2011 5:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hospitals are filthy places for obvious reasons.

Everything that I have heard is that you want to make sure that ANYONE and EVERYONE who comes into your room washes their hands. And you want to actually see them do this if possible, to keep things honest.

If you are concerned about blood decease and are having surgery, you can "bank" your own blood. Although I think screening has vastly improved over the years. I'm not sure if they can screen for Hep C, which is incurable.

You also might want to limit visitors to one or two people. Besides, you are in the hospital to heal. I was always amazed when someone in my family was in the hospital, it seemed like the whole world came by to visit, and guess what. Infection.

Visitors at home.
Age: 54- good health, physical anyway. Tinkle alot at night- 4-6x's

DRE 11/08- no lumps, just enlarged prostate

1st PSA, total- 11/08= 6.1

2nd PSA, total- 8/09= 6.6 Referred to Dr. J. Hoeksema @ Rush Univ. Med. Center/Chicago

Needle Biopsy 11/09- 12 samples. 11 OK. Right Lateral Mid- Adenocarcinoma Gleason score 3+3=6 9 involving 5% of specimen. Prescribed Flomax for excessive peeing.
Second opinion 1/21/10 with Dr. Gregory Zagaja, Univ. of Chicago Med. Center

3rd PSA, 2/10= 7.9 Still on Flomax, but thinking of stopping as it's not doing much of anything.

4th PSA, 6/10= 7.3 No longer on Flomax due to weird side effects

Tim G
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   Posted 1/14/2011 7:26 PM (GMT -6)   
You can call a hospital's Infection Control department to get their stats on nosocomial infections (acquired at the hospital).  Many state health departments also hospital provide infection control stats, or information about where you can obtain these, so you can compare hospitals.
Any blood used for transfusion purposes has a very precise Nucleic Acid Test (DNA) performed for Hepatitis C and other viruses.  When I had my open surgery, I asked my doctor about banking my own blood, and he said that none of his prostatectomy patients had needed a transfusion, so it was better to go into surgery with a full tank of blood than to be a pint low.  I didn't need a transfusion.

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   Posted 1/14/2011 7:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Forbes and US News and World both had a list of the best hospitals in America. You can likely Google it. After watching both my Father and brother come down with staff infections at a nearby hospital, I was glad that I went to Atlanta.

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   Posted 1/14/2011 11:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I saw where Medicare was going to sanction hospitals that had above average infection rates..

I picked up a staph infection when I had my prostate surgery..The infection was MUCH worse than the operation...
Age 68.
PSA at age 55: 3.5, DRE normal. Advice, "Keep an eye on it".
age 58: 4.5
" 61: 5.2
" 64: 7.5, DRE "Abnormal"
" 65: 8.5, " normal", biopsy, 12 core, negative...
" 66 9.0 "normal", 2ed biopsy, negative, BPH, Proscar
" 67 4.5 DRE "normal"
" 68 7.0 third biopsy positive, 4 out of 12, G-6,7, 9
RRP Sept 3 2010, pos margin, one pos vesicle nodes neg. Post Op PSA 0.9 SRT, HT NOW

Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 1/15/2011 5:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I had a little day surgery two months ago... I turn into a pretty funny guy to help deal with nervousness and messing with the hospital staff is a captive audience....
Anyway - one nurse was doing a Pre surgery check list deal.. and she started asking me about infections and MRSA etc. I asked her: "shouldn't I be worried about getting from HER... and that they could come clean the waiting room of they wanted too."  She grinned and said: "Where do you think we get the germs from?"

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   Posted 1/15/2011 1:31 PM (GMT -6)   

There should be a way to find out staph infections.  Your local pharmacist or physician may be resource.

When I had my prostecomy, I ended up with staph infection 105 temp and stayed in hospital a week.

On that day there were 7 operations for male urinary infections and I heard all 7 of us got staph.

That was 10 years ago in Lima Ohio.   My daughter a pharmist and other daughter OT both stated they heard the hospital which I had surgery was not very up on cleanliness.

I had a Homas Laser stricture removal at same hospital in Sept. and was not impressed.   Cleanliness was okay but not much staff support or order. 

There is another hospital in Lima which I had several outpatient urinary procedures and the difference is night and day.

Find out if anyone else has had surgery at that hospital and ask if you can talk to them or ask any nurses who work there or other hospitals in area.

Cleanliness is very important but also staff coverage post surgery is as important.

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   Posted 1/15/2011 2:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Like the way your thinking. Ask your physician and the hospital PI or Infection control professional about rates for VRE, MRSA, C-Diff, also ask about the publicly reported rates associated with CLAB and hospital acquired pneumonia. Some places refer to these as Best in Class or Core Measures. In the end remember that the hospital and physician can do everything correct and you can still come out with a problem...on the other hand if all the above measures and additional publicly reported measures are out of whack you may want to reconsider your choice. I doubt that you find this to be the case because most health care providers are really cracking down on these events. Also remember you can increase your chance for a good outcome by making sure that everybody uses an alcohol hand sanitizer prior to touching you. I even had the chief resident use it prior to pulling my jackson-pratt drain. Most infections are still passed by our hands. Best of luck and keep up the great information gathering. Hospitals and physicians like informed patients and asking these questions identify you as such.


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   Posted 1/15/2011 2:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I saw a web presentation by Peter Scardino of MSK, NYC, and he said 1 of 20 acquire hospital infection. This can be lung, incision, or from food or anywhere. Not only the OR.
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