The letter model below was prepared by Kit Weiss writing to a U.S. newspaper

Editor:
With the recent news of the spread of infectious diseases caused by hospitals, I found that RI is one of 16 states to pass hospital infection reporting requirements. (Rhode Island (2006) Chapter 23-17.17-6) BUT we are one of two states that only report the information and not the rates. While it may be informative to know that our local hospitals have the problem, I think it is more important to know how big a problem each hospital has. The CDC estimates that every year two million patients get an infection while being treated in the hospital for something else and almost 100,000 of them die. Recently my sister-in-law died from one of these hospital diseases. For information on what we can do, check out the latest article on the subject at http://globalcrisis.info/index.html We can also ask Congressman Kennedy, to support HR1174, by Rep. Tim Murphy (PA), requiring public reporting of hospital-acquired infection rates.


Information for U.S. citizens
Perhaps you can check out your state and send a similar letter. The 16 (now18) states with existing or under consideration laws are:

  • Alabama SB 409
  • Arkansas HB 2735; HB 2568
  • Delaware HB 47
  • Georgia HB 61; SB 78; SB 150, HB 628
  • Hawaii HB 1438; SB 1239
  • Indiana HB 1592; SB 513; SB 531
  • Kansas HB 2342, HB 2271
  • Massachusetts H 2207, H2226, S1269, S1277
  • Michigan HB 4158
  • Minnesota SF 755, HF 1076, HF 1078
  • New Jersey S147, S 919, A4328, A4327
  • New Mexico HB 165; HB 944
  • North Carolina H 1738
  • Oregon HB 2524; SB 960
  • Texas HB 1398; SB 288
  • Washington HB 1106
  • West Virginia HB 2234; SB 85
  • Maryland SB 837
  • Illinois HB 378; SB 233 .
  • Minnesota HF 1078
  • New Jersey A4179/S2580
  • New York S 4346
  • MRSA Task Force
  • Tennessee S 268
  • Texas HB 1082