March 26, 2009
AUGUSTA – Members of the Maine State Nurses Association joined Rep. Adam Goode, D-Bangor, (center, at the podium) at a press conference March 26 to show their support for his bill that would make hospitals safer for patients by requiring that hospitals follow guidelines to reduce the number of cases of MRSA, or Methicillin-resistant staph aureus. MRSA, a drug-resistant staph infection, is now thought to kill more Americans each year than HIV/AIDS.
“An unfortunate consequence of our health care crisis is that there are many issues regarding the quality of medical care we receive,” said Goode. “No patient that spends time in a hospital should walk away with an entirely new health problem, let alone fail to walk away from that hospital because they contracted an infection that cost their life.”
Rep. Adam Goode, 991-7000
Lori Eschholz, legislative aide, 287-1430
Kyle Leighton, communications director, 287-1433