Lawmakers hope their efforts will increase knowledge about hospital-acquired infections, jump-start hospitals' adoption of prevention practices, inform the public about infection rates and decrease costs. REPORTING LAWS Twenty-six states have enacted some form of reporting law, requiring hospitals, and sometimes other health care facilities, to submit infection data to the state or the Centers for Disease Control, and release this information to the public on the Internet. Four of those states - California, Illinois, New Jersey and Pennsylvania - also require "active surveillance," which means hospitals screen high-risk patients upon admission to determine whether they already are carrying MRSA bacteria so they can be isolated and treated.
Infection Correction Anna Wolke State Legislatures; Apr 2009; 35, 4; Docstoc pg. 20 Reproduced with permission of the copyri
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