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Preventable tragedies: superbugs and how ineffective monitoring of medical device safety fails patients.
US Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. January 13, 2016.
Insufficient sterilization of duodenoscopes and other medical equipment has been linked to health care–associated infection outbreaks. This report summarizes findings from a government investigation into existing methods for monitoring and reporting device problems and provides recommendations for Congress, hospitals, and the Food and Drug Administration to augment identification and prevention of safety issues associated with medical devices.
Journal Article > Review
U.S. compounding pharmacy-related outbreaks, 2001–2013: public health and patient safety lessons learned.
Shehab N, Brown MN, Kallen AJ, Perz JF. J Patient Saf. 2018;14:164-173.
Legislation/Regulation > Congressional Testimony
Health-Care–Associated Infections in Hospitals: Continuing Leadership Needed from HHS to Prioritize Prevention Practices and Improve Data on These Infections.
Subcommittee on Health Care, Committee on Finance, US Senate, Government Accountability Office, GAO-09-516T (March 18, 2009) (testimony of Marjorie Kanof, MD).
This Congressional testimony summarizes a 2008 investigation and responds to its findings. It suggests that prioritization of effort, data consistency, and data compatibility are needed to improve health care–associated infection reduction efforts.
Health-Care-Associated Infections in Hospitals: Leadership Needed from HHS to Prioritize Prevention Practices and Improve Data on these Infections.
Washington, DC: United States Government Accountability Office; March 31, 2008. Publication GAO-08-283.
This report examines US government standards, procedures, and data collection methods related to health-care-associated infections (HAI) and recommends increased integration across program databases.