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Thursday, December 01, 2011


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roberta mikles

Peter, thanks for posting this. I am particularly interested in such and was aware of this...

I am an appointed member of a legislatively mandated Advisory Committee to the California Department of Public Health's HAI Program --
The above link will go directly to the site, hopefully, whereby, a tremendous amount of information can be obtained on California hospitals, as well as patient education. The committee is comprised of dedicated professionals, myself, and two other patient advocates who work in the area of infection prevention -
Roberta Mikles BA RN
(uncompensated Dialysis Patient Safety Advocate)
Director, Advocates 4 QualitySafePatientCare
San Diego, CA

roberta mikles

afterthought ----

I wonder if Harbor UCLA manages this unit or they contract out to manage e.g. with one of the dialysis providers. Considering more than half of the surveys conducted (inspection reports) in California 2010 and 2011, to date, had deficiencies in infection control, this does not surprise me. Shameful, to say the least. What are providers doing? Do they not realize the danger they are placing patient in ?? Who are the RNs running the unit? Don't they know what needs to be done? I just have to shake my head and wonder who is at the running the show? I wonder how many negative outcomes happened that were not picked up in the survey? It is quite interesting that those at the top (providers) area working towards decreasing infections in connection with the QIP reimbursement and connected to infection reporting data --- they all talk a good game as I learned at a meeting in VA .. but what happens at the unit level? Those at the top, talking a good game is all fine and good, but unless there is change at the unit level patients will continue to acquire deadly infections, or infections that cause lengthy rehabilitation with emotional and physical distress
Roberta Mikles RN BA
Dialysis Patient Safety Advocate

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