“In the three years that state Rep. Tom Campbell has been crusading to stop hospital-acquired infections, one of the leading causes of death in America, the Pierce County Republican hasn’t had to look far to point to a patient who might have been saved.
In 2002, Campbell’s father died at a Seattle hospital where he contracted Clostridium difficile, the most common cause of diarrhea in hospital patients.
Campbell has made it clear he is not seeking retribution, only the prevention of needless deaths. But for years he has run smack into opposition from the state’s powerful Hospital Association, which has argued that his bills to require hospitals to publicly report infection rates would give the public misleading information.
This year, Campbell has compromised. So have the hospitals. And his bill is finally getting traction. The bill passed a House committee 11-2 last month, and the full House was expected to vote on the proposal as early as Monday [March 5],” quoting The Seattle Times.