Calif. bill would track deaths tied to su­per­bug in­fec­tions

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Maria Castel­lucci

Cal­i­for­nia may be the first state in the na­tion to re­quire providers to re­port deaths caused by an­timi­cro­bial-re­sis­tant in­fec­tions, also known as su­per­bugs.

State Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Fran­cisco) has in­tro­duced a bill that would al­low the state to mon­i­tor and track deaths re­lated to such in­fec­tions.

A pa­tient’s death cer­tifi­cate would list any in­fec­tion re­lated to death.

Every year, providers would have to re­port to the Cal­i­for­nia Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health the num­ber of pa­tients who died as a re­sult of su­per­bugs, the type of in­fec­tion that caused their death and the num­ber of pa­tients who tested pos­i­tive for the in­fec­tions.

The bill comes as con­cern over the rise of an­timi­cro­bial-re­sis­tant in­fec­tions grows. The United Na­tions Gen­eral As­sem­bly met re­cently to dis­cuss the is­sue, mark­ing only the fourth time the group has con­vened to dis­cuss a health cri­sis.

Health ex­perts have warned that de­vel­op­ing and over­pre­scrib­ing lu­cra­tive drugs rather than cheaper an­tibi­otics has led to a rise in an­tibi­otic re­sis­tance. The World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion com­pared the is­sue to “a slow­mo­tion tsunami.”

An es­ti­mated 23,000 peo­ple in the U.S. die each year as a re­sult of an­timi­cro­bial in­fec­tions, and about 2 mil­lion peo­ple be­come ill, ac­cord­ing to the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion.

Cal­i­for­nia state Sen. Jerry Hill.

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