Regarding the article "GAO study questions validity of infection-reporting methods":
This is no surprise. I worked for 15 years as an infection-control practitioner in several hospitals. I was always under pressure from the hospital administrators and medical staff board to undercount infections and not report to the state (and hide data from the Joint Commission)an administrative directive in which I firmly refused to participate (even lost my job in one hospital).
Until and unless hospital infection-control practitioners are protected by law from job action because of compliance with reporting, until hospitals are required to have infection-control practitioners who are properly educated in infection surveillance and reporting, until and unless hospital chief executive officers and medical boards are made financially and criminally liable for underreporting, this situation will continue.
Deborah SampsonHancock, N.H.
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