Make hospitals accountable for Hospital Acquired Infections
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Make hospitals accountable for Hospital Acquired Infections

    1. jody jaffe
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      jody jaffe

When terrorists stuck America on 9/11 our nation went into high-threat mode, for good reason. That's all the politicians could talk about. Yet EACH year, 33 times more people die from hospital-acquired infections in America than were killed on 9/11 and no one in our government does or says anything about that. 70% of the 1.7 million hospital acquired infections are preventable. Medicare and Medicade have stopped paying hospitals for these infections, why should consumers still have to pay? We want "John's Law" (named after John Muncie, who spent 12 agonizing days fighting for his life at Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville, Va.) enacted that says hosptials can't charge a patient for any of the costs associated with infections acquired in hospital. http://www2.dailyprogress.com/news/2012/feb/11/couple-trying-change-law-who-should-pay-hospital-a-ar-1682222/

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    • Taylor Davis MADISON, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      I am signing this petition because I spent about two weeks in Martha Jefferson Hospital with a staff infection that turned into M.R.S.A virus. At 21 years old my situation was much like John Muncie's because my problem also started with a spinal surgery. I went home with a tube sticking out of my arm so i could receive more intravenous antibiotics. I beleive hospitals should pay up when they put people through ordeals like this and i would love to get in contact with John and Jody to find out if i can help their cause in any way.

      Taylor Davis

      tmd089@gmail.com

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    • Emily-Ann Croke RIVERSIDE, RI
      • over 2 years ago

      I lost my father in August of 2008 due to a number of HAIs. It has had a major impact on my life. Over the past few years I have tried to get involved to help raise awareness and help others to not have to experience what I have had to. I'm currently a senior at Providence College in Rhode Island, and I am working on a documentary to help provide the community with more information about these infections. If anyone would be willing to help in any way, please contact me at ec52390@gmail.com. I want to do whatever I can to help others avoid experiencing the horrors that my loved ones and I (as well as the thousands of other people impacted by HAIs) have had to. Thank you all so much for taking a stand against HAIs. I'm so sorry you have had to experience how awful they can be, but I truly appreciate you using that experience to help others.

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    • Marion Smith GLOUCESTER, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      too many people are getting infections in hospitals. mersa, etc. hospitals need to be held accountable for their cleanliness.

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    • Karen Curtiss LAKE FOREST, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      My father survived a lung transplant only to die from MRSA and C diff infections he picked up in the hospital afterward. My husband had "routine" surgery and nearly died from sepsis and a VRE infection. I started www.CampaignZERO.org which has simple checklists families can follow to help prevent infections and other common hospital hazards that take 300,000 patients' lives every year - equal to 3 jets crashing every single day. Informed families can make a difference by using our simple checklists. Go to www.CampaignZERO.org to download them for free. Let's zero out infections, blood clots, falls, and other common hospital hazards that cause senseless harm and deaths.

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    • Dorothy Schoettle HEBER SPRINGS, AR
      • over 2 years ago

      Hospitals must be held responsible for acts of staff that result in preventable injury or infection to patients. Strict enforcement of

      rules should be enforced or accreditation be denied.

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