Hospital infections bill on way to Gov. Inslee – after public reporting of cardiac, hip and knee surgeries is added
The Legislature has given final approval to a bill that requires Washington hospitals to report publicly on a broader range of bloodstream infections acquired by patients while receiving care in virtually all areas of their facilities.
The new law, which is meant to bring the state’s reporting requirements into alignment with Obamacare, expands reporting under a 2007 law to include infections acquired in a broader number of settings and in virtually all areas of a facility. It also adds reporting whether hospitals are administering antibiotics before surgery.