Georgia residents may have difficulties making informed decisions when it comes to where they should be going for their health care. This is because the state has no requirement for hospitals to make a public report on the hospital-related infections that patients pick up while under a particular hospital's care, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Some consumer advocacy groups strongly feel that the state of Georgia should pass a law that requires hospitals to disclose this type of information, where these groups feel that the disclosure rates of potentially deadly infections within hospital facilities would improve patient safety. Currently, 28 U.S. states have similar laws in place.
“This is the age of consumer directed health care and if we want consumers to take a more active role in their health care, they need access to all kinds of information that is not currently available to them,” Representitive Pat Gardner of Atlanta said in Journal-Constitution.
Many Georgia hospitals reportedly release data voluntarily about hospital infections in their facilities to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthcare Safety Network, but the information released to the federal government will not be made public until sometime next year.
People who need to go to the hospital, for whatever reason, should have the right to be aware of the infections that they can potentially pick up as patients if they are not careful. Patient safety is an issue of concern for many in the Atlanta metro area. This includes concerns of involving complications from medical procedures, drugs and hospital-related infections.