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CDC report includes state data on infections

Pia Christensen

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Pia Christensen (@AHCJ_Pia) is the managing editor/online services for AHCJ. She manages the content and development of healthjournalism.org, coordinates AHCJ's social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

The CDC has released a report detailing health-care-associated infections, specifically central line-associated bloodstream infections.

This is the first such report to include any state-specific information, according to the CDC, though it only includes states that require reporting of CLABSIs to the National Healthcare Safety Network. The CDC expects this to serve as a baseline report to help guide prevention plans and activities.

Peter Pronovost, M.D., who spoke about patient safety and health care associated infections at Health Journalism 2010, was among the participants in a telebriefing about the report. A transcript of that briefing should be available later today.

Pronovost strategy influences Ore. infection data

Andrew Van Dam

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Andrew Van Dam of The Wall Street Journal previously worked at the AHCJ offices while earning his master’s degree at the Missouri School of Journalism.

Prompted by Peter Pronovost’s keynote speech at Health Journalism 2010, The Oregonian‘s Joe Rojas-Burke has been digging through the data on hospital infection rates to be released in accordance with an Oregon law that went into effect last year. The final statewide reporting date comes later this month, but The Oregonian has early results for 11 local hospitals.

Peter Pronovost, M.D., delivers the keynote speech at Health Journalism 2010. (Photo: Pia Christensen/AHCJ)

Peter Pronovost, M.D., delivers the keynote speech at Health Journalism 2010. (Photo: Pia Christensen/AHCJ)

As part of the story, Rojas-Burke profiled hospitals with particularly low infection rates, especially one which had joined the Stop BSI network championed by Pronovost last month at AHCJ’s conference in Chicago. AHCJ members can see a copy of Pronovost’s presentation here.

The story builds on several things Pronovost shared at the conference, including the program’s background and state-by-state participation statistics.

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Patient safety expert Pronovost is keynote speaker

Pia Christensen

About Pia Christensen

Pia Christensen (@AHCJ_Pia) is the managing editor/online services for AHCJ. She manages the content and development of healthjournalism.org, coordinates AHCJ's social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., a professor at Johns Hopkins University and founder of the Quality and Safety Research Group, will be the keynote speaker at Health Journalism 2010. He will appear at the awards luncheon on Saturday, April 24.

Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D.

Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D.

Pronovost specializes in improving patient safety through methods that are scientifically rigorous but feasible at the bedside. In his new book, “Safe Patients, Smart Hospitals: How One Doctor’s Checklist Can Help Us Change Health Care from the Inside Out,” Pronovost tells of losing his father as the result of a medical error and his own journey from a researcher to an international leader in patient safety.

Pronovost joins a number of high-profile speakers. Conference participants will have the chance to attend newsmaker briefings featuring leaders from the Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control, the Food and Drug Administration:

  • Thomas Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Kathleen Sebelius, M.P.A., secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Jeffrey Shuren, director, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Food and Drug Administration

A special track on assessing health reform is intended to help reporters understand the changes coming and better explain what’s ahead to their readers, viewers and listeners:

  • Does comparative effectiveness research work?
  • Outlook for the nation’s hospitals
  • Is there a looming doctor shortage?
  • What’s ahead for state and local governments
  • The reporting challenge going forward

“Influenza! Lessons learned from a year of H1N1” will feature experts on public health, infectious diseases, preparedness and vaccines:

  • Jeffrey Levi, Ph.D., executive director, Trust for America’s Health
  • Anne Schuchat, M.D., director, CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases
  • Litjen Tan, Ph.D., director of medicine and public health, American Medical Association; co-chair, National Influenza Vaccine Summit
  • Moderator: Maryn McKenna, independent journalist, Minneapolis

See the complete conference schedule.