Infection reporting legislation fails in WA

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

March 1, 2006

Washington state legislation requiring hospitals to report infection data to the state failed on February 24. The state Senate failed to act on the measure before a deadline passed, according to the Olympia-based Olympian.

Hospitals fought the measure, saying it added undue paperwork that would keep workers from their primary duties. Others worried that the data would not be representative of the realities in healthcare. For example, some larger hospitals care for more at-risk patients, and may therefore have a higher rate of infections than smaller hospitals with healthier patient populations.

Proponents said the bill was necessary as hospitals for decades have failed to police themselves.

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