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CA bill requires hospitals to report infections

San Francisco Chronicle, June 5, 2008

A bill that passed the state Senate this week would require California hospitals to step up prevention of drug-resistant infections, requiring that hospitals report new infections to the California Department of Public Health. The bill also requires that hospitals clean and disinfect a variety of sites, ranging from television consoles and telephones to cardiac monitors and feeding pumps, all of which are capable of carrying drug-resistant bacteria that can subsequently spread to other patients.