New California Laws Aim To Tackle Hospital Infections
Under SB 1058 by Sen. Elaine Alquist (D-San Jose), hospitals will have to:
- Screen high-risk patients for methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus within 24 hours of admission to the hospital; and
- Report rates for the most serious infection outbreaks to the state.
The law will take effect next year, and the state Department of Public Health will begin posting infection rates for individual hospitals online in 2011.
In addition, SB 158, by Sen. Dean Florez (D-Shafter), will require hospitals and skilled nursing facilities to develop patient safety plans and new staff training procedures aimed at preventing hospital-acquired infections (Schultz, Fresno Bee, 9/25).
In 2004, Schwarzenegger vetoed a similar bill, maintaining that industry efforts to scrutinize infection programs were working (Rau, Los Angeles Times, 9/26).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.