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Bob Kaehr

I just read your article by Karen Hensel regarding infections acquired in the hospital. It is appalling that hospitals get a free ride when it comes to reporting publically their infection rates. Perhaps it is time to write our state representatives and ask that they seriously consider making such reporting mandatory. One of the first things I want to know when entering a hospital is if their facility and their medical teams apply basic sanitary precautions in treating my illness. I certainly don't expect to get worse because of negligence while I'm being treated or recovering. Will it help to write our representatives? If enough people write, it probably will help. Of course the medical profession is often noted for protecting itself from outside criticism. So, it will take a goodly number of letters to get legislators, many of whom are doctors, to listen to the public.

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