Health Watch USA Logo Kentucky Legislative Testimony on Public Reporting of Healthcare Associated Infections - Transparency of Healthcare Acquired Conditions


Testimony In
Support of SB 183

Vernie McGaha
Kevin Kavanagh

Testimony In
Opposition to SB 183

Sarah Nicholson
Ruth Carrico
Marty Evans
Fontaine Sands

Dr. Fontaine Sands Testifying Regarding SB 183
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Key Points: 

1) Not enough private beds to isolate MRSA positive patients. A large tertiary hospital in Lexington would loose 1/3 to 1/2 of its bed capacity. (Editor's note. This statistic refers to a situation of using standard cultures which take 2 to 3 days for results. The statistic may not be valid if a rapid MRSA test which takes hours for the results is used.)   This relates to the issue of CON -- see letter to editor from Mayor John Martin.
2) Patients who are admitted after transfer from another hospital where they were hospitalized for three days are at risk for developing MRSA.

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