Monday, April 9, 2007

California Advocates for Safe Hospitals

Every year, over two million Americans develop hospital infections - and 90,000 patients die from these infections. Sign our petition to tell Governor Schwarzenegger to make stopping deadly hospital infections a priority!

No one wants to go to the hospital, but when you do, you expect to get better, not worse, right?

But the scary truth is, 90,000 patients die each year in the U.S. from hospital acquired infections. That's more people dying from hospital infections than from homicides and auto accidents combined!

And the sad truth is, these are preventable infections. But Governor Schwarzenegger has the power to reduce infection rates in California by making sure our hospitals are using proven strategies to combat these infections. Send a letter to Governor Schwarzenegger today!

Now here's the latest bad news: a virulent "super bug" now spreading in our hospitals poses a deadly risk to patients and is driving up the cost of hospital care – you may have read about this "super bug" in the paper recently. Most common antibiotics can't cure methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections. People who develop them while in the hospital often suffer for years with additional hospitalizations and surgeries.

There are effective, proven strategies to curb the spread of MRSA infections – but most hospitals are not yet using these strategies! And even worse, information on hospital infection rates and infection reduction policies is often not publicly available – so we don't have the information we need to keep ourselves safe.

Please take one moment today to sign the petition and send your letter today - Governor Schwarzenegger needs to know that you want him to make stopping deadly hospital infections a priority!

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