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  • Kevin T. Kavanagh, MD, MS, comments on the need for greater focusing on the control of spread of Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms.  Antibiotic stewardship programs alone are not likely to reverse the epidemic and there is no certainty that new antibiotics can be developed.   The Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria  (PACCARB) - Sept. 26, 2018.    YouTube Video (2 mins):  https://youtu.be/OnX-QH51JQ8     PACCARB Written Comments

  • Kevin Kavanagh, MD, MS, form Health Watch USA presents on Preventable Hospital Mortality. Preventable deaths are far too common. Little if any improvement has taken place since the 1999 Institute of Medicine's report which found between 44,000 and 98,000 preventable deaths. The figure may be even higher with multiple studies showing the rate to approximate 200,000 deaths per year. There have been far too many excuses and too little action. The Leapfrog Group estimates that over 33,000 lives would be saved if all hospitals functioned at a similar level to their group of highest performing hospitals. Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation. Sept. 5, 2018.
    https://youtu.be/bndnpO-hr8Y    Download Handout

  • Kevin T. Kavanagh, MD, MS discusses the importance of forming standards for control of Resistant Organisms.  In addition he discusses problems created by research integrity and an overreliance on hand hygeine.   Presidential Advisory Committee on Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria.   May 16, 2018.  YouTube Video https://youtu.be/ufOXcHitRp0    Download Text of Presentation

  • Multi-drug Resistant Bacteria - Incidence, Prevelance and Healthcare Transformation.  Dr. Kevin Kavanagh from Health Watch USA discusses the epidemic of multi-drug resistant organisms and their prevention, projected economic impact and patient mortality. In-depth discussion is given to C. Difficile, CRE and MRSA. Somerset Community College Public Presentation - Given March 19, 2018.   Download PDF of PowerPoint   YouTube Video:  https://youtu.be/FoBOjMqR7sU

  • Kevin T. Kavanagh, MD, MS, presents at The Leapfrog Group's Hospital Care Ratings Summit on Dec. 7, 2017. Topics discussed are preventable mortality, hospital accreditation surveys, antibiotic resistant infections (MRSA), medical devices, full disclosure, risk adjustment, value-based purchasing and research integrity. (Preliminary Video -- Professional sound recording and video will be posted at a later date)
    YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/cmYJiKkC7HM    Download PowerPoint PDF  

  • Kevin Kavanagh, MD, MS provides a short comment on chlorhexidine research integrity, WHO recommendations for surgical antisepsis and FDA medical device approval.   Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria (PACCARB) - Sept 14, 2017    
    https://youtu.be/W1XHZqqVuhs   Written Comment

  • Kavanagh KT.  Health Watch USA comments at the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria on MRSA tracking and prevention, along with the need for a better definition of an "outbreak", the over dependance on hand hygiene and the importance of knowing the patient's microbiome.  Sept. 13, 2017.   YouTube Video:   https://youtu.be/fLT8fOZrfzw

  • Kavanagh KT. Health Watch USA comments at the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria regarding the United States missing goals for reducing MRSA and other resistant pathogens along with the need for a mandatory publicly reported comprehensive surveillance system to track multi-drug resistant organisms.  Jan. 25, 2017.  YouTube Video:  https://youtu.be/hbdXX3a_OIY     Written Comments

  • Kavanagh KT. presents on preventable hospital mortality and how the context of the patient should not be used to lessen the severity of the event. In addition, the applicability of the foreign studies to predict the safety of the U.S. healthcare system is questioned.  Dec. 9, 2016.  YouTube Video:  https://youtu.be/HRlfhxB-cQY 

  • Kavanagh KT. Health Watch USA Comments at the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria.  "The committee needs to ensure that our healthcare institutions make the needed investments in prevention and patient safety, along with setting well-defined standards for screening, isolation, environmental cleaning, appropriate staffing and worker safety. "  Sept 19, 2016.  YouTube Video:  https://youtu.be/RGlpKY1L-S4     View Written Comment

  • Kavanagh KT. Health Watch USA Comments on the importance of preventing the transmission of resistant bacteria between patients. In addition, the importance of nursing, worker safety and carrier surveillance was stressed. Attention was also drawn to polymixin B in topical over-the-counter antibiotics as a possible cause of resistance to colistin. Presidential Advisory Council for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria. Jun. 21 2016. Washington DC. YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/t2LM9IuN7fQ   View Written Comment

  • Kavanagh KT. Health Watch USA Comments on the importance of preventing patient-to-patient transmission. Presidential Advisory Council for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria. Mar. 31 , 2016. Washington DC. YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/-IB1qF1qP48   

  • Kavanagh KT. Health Watch USA Comments on chlorhexidine, surveillance and public disclosure of conflicts of interest in the confrontation of the antibiotic bacterial resistance epidemic. Presidential Advisory Council for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria. Mar. 30, 2016. Washington DC. YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/iG1aQZftqb0  View Written Comment

  • Kavanagh KT. Health Watch USA Comments on research integrity, conflicts-of-interest, the need for firm standards, the tying of antibiotic stewardship to funds for antibiotic development and public reporting of antibiotic provider utilization data. Presidential Advisory Council for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria. Sep. 29, 2015. Washington DC. YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/b67J-X5c8gU   View Written Comment  

  • Kavanagh KT. MRSA Surveillance, Concerns Regarding Chlorhexidine and Bacterial Resistance. SFAR (Stakeholder' Forum in Antibiotic Resistance) Conference. Oct. 9, 2014. Philadelphia, PA.  YouTube Video https://youtu.be/MC7ztSASvuc    Download PDF of Slides  View Video of Presentation

  • Kavanagh KT. Prevention of MRSA infections using surveillance, isolation and decolonization. Bluegrass Healthcare Coalition. Lexington, KY. Mar. 18, 2014. YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/w6MVNjJZxd0  View Video of Presentation

HW USA Presentation Topics & Power Points

  • Nursing and Healthcare Policy.     View PowerPoint

  • The Certificate of Need - History and Current Status.     View PowerPoint

  • Healthcare Transparency, how to shop for health care and resources available to the consumer.     View PowerPoint

  • Hospital Acquired Conditions and Never Events.   The history and rational behind the current public policy.    (See Testimony Section)

  • Public Reporting of Hospital Acquired Infections.    (See Testimony Section)

  • Healthcare Transparency, Public Reporting and Adverse Events     View PowerPoint

 

 
MRSA Picture

The pictures on the right and left are photomicrographs of
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA).