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Kentucky legislation targeting infections in hospitals

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Legislation currently before the Kentucky General Assembly, House Bill 67, calls for screening and control of infections resistant to most antibiotics — and public reporting of rates.

Nationally, 27 states require reporting rates of infections associated with health care, and 10 require reporting of MRSA in particular, according to the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. Kentucky hospitals must report the infections only when they are part of an unusual outbreak.

Under the proposed bill a hospital would have to report its infection rates to the state and practice infection prevention and control procedures, including screening of patients upon admission. After three violations, a hospital could lose its license.

Read more: Ky. efforts targeting infections in hospitals, The Courier-Journal

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