Senator Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
Fax (512) 463-0923

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 4, 2007
Contact: Dave Nelson
(512) 463-0112

SENATE APPROVES REPORTING OF ACQUIRED INFECTIONS IN TEXAS HOSPITALS

AUSTIN -- The Texas Senate today approved SB 288 by State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Lewisville, requiring hospitals and other health care facilities to report what is known as "acquired infections," which occurs when a patient acquires a new infection while seeking treatment.

"Obviously, there are going to be sick people -- and their germs -- in our hospitals and other facilities where people go for medical attention. Our hospitals should be taking steps to minimize a patients' exposure to those elements," Senator Nelson said. "This bill allows the public to see for themselves which hospitals are doing the best job of protecting patients."

According to Centers for Disease Control, each year associated infections strike more than 2 million patients, result in nearly 90,000 deaths and cost nearly $5 billion excess health costs. Last session the Legislature empanelled a group of experts to study and make recommendations on a reporting framework to track these infections (SB 872 79R). Those recommendations are reflected in SB 288, which:

Senator Nelson represents District 12, which includes several communities in Tarrant and Denton counties.

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