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Blog spotlight: Transparency...are we there yet?

Nurse Leader Insider, April 2, 2012

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Apparently not. Public reporting of surgical site infections is required in only eight states. That fact was brought to light by a new Johns Hopkins University report, which calls for more reporting. Lead author of the report, Martin Makary, MD, notes that patients still have little information when choosing hospitals.

Personally, I think the bigger issue is that public reporting gives hospitals, from the top down, a real push to do better. I think Makary does too:

"Nothing motivates hospitals to improve quality and listen to their front line staff like public reporting," he says. "In order for the consumer to interpret publicly reported SSI rates, it is imperative that the data be collected and reported in a standardized manner," he and his co-authors wrote.

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