Major Calif. hospitals dropped the ball on superbug prevention

A state investigation of two of Los Angeles' major hospitals discovered numerous safety issues that led to antibiotic-resistant superbug outbreaks in recent years, according to the Los Angeles Times. The state of California said last May that conditions at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center put lives at imminent risk, including contaminated water and a tainted cleanser dispenser used to clean devices such as colonoscopes, and the state issued another "immediate jeopardy" ruling three weeks later at Cedards-Sinai Medical Center. "You would think these very sophisticated leading facilities would have been on a hospital-wide alert," Lisa McGiffert, who leads the safe patient project at Consumers Union, told the paper. "Hospital leadership is not putting enough resources into infection control." Article

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