Sunday, April 27, 2008

Lawyer Bullying Stops Simple Study of Checklist to Prevent Hospital Infections.

Here. A simple checklist applied in all hospitals may markedly reduce the hospital infection rate. These cost $3.6 bils, a year. They kill 28,000 people a year. Hospitals with 108 ICU's participated. They reported a drop of infections from 2.7 infections per 1000 catheterizations to zero. In the long term, they stayed low, at 1.4 compared to the baseline rate of 7.7. In just those participating hospitals, the checklist saved $175 millions, and prevented 1500 infection related deaths. OK, so lets extend the study to more hospitals.

No. The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) of the US Department of Health and Human Services orders the hospitals to stop sending data to the study. These twits received an anonymous complaint. They determined that the Hopkins IRB had misclassified the study as exempt from human subject protections. After all, we are just testing numbers and not people. This is more a quality assurance review. That would be exempt. No. "If institutions are planning research activities examining the effectiveness of interventions to improve the quality of care, then the regulatory protections are important to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects."

I am interested in the data and the official reviews that allowed the opening of this office. It itself is ghoulish human experimentation by lawyers, unauthorized, without any evidence of safety, effectiveness, human subject protection, nor even informed consent.

Relatives of people who have died from a catheter borne blood infection may help these mass murdering lawyers in the OHRP understand better. These mass murderers should be put out of business and investigated, then charged with crimes against humanity.

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