LA Hospitals Will Be Required To Report Patient Infections From Lethal Superbugs
The county will not release the names of the facilities except for rare instances in order to protect a patient.
Los Angeles Times:
Los Angeles County Now Plans To Require Hospitals To Report Superbug Infections
Los Angeles County plans to require hospitals to begin reporting when patients are infected with a certain superbug so lethal that it can kill half its victims, health officials said Thursday. Unlike two dozen other states, California has not required hospitals to report when patients are sickened with the lethal bacteria, which federal officials warn is one of the nation’s most urgent health threats. (Petersen, 10/6)
LA County To Require Hospitals To Report 'Superbug' Infections
Los Angeles County intends to require all hospitals in the county to report infections caused by a class of "superbug" antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a senior public health official said Thursday. Interim County Health Officer Dr. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser plans to make it mandatory for hospitals to report cases of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, according to Dawn Terashita, interim deputy director of the L.A. County Department of Public Health's acute communicable disease control program. Gunzenhauser is expected to issue the order in the next few months, she told KPCC. (Plevin, 10/6)