Thursday, November 29, 2012

USAT | Probe: 'superbugs' invade care centers

USA Today found in an examination published today that deadly CRE bacteria are showing up in hospitals and other health care facilities across the country and there is virtually nothing to stop these "superbugs" so far.

"Death rates among patients with CRE infections can be about 40%, far worse than other, better-known health care infections such as MRSA or C-Diff, which have plagued hospitals and nursing homes for decades,'' correspondent Peter Eisler writes. "And there are growing concerns that CRE could make its way beyond health facilities and into the general community."

For its examination, USAT interviewed dozens of health care authorities and reviewed hundreds of pages of journal articles, clinical reports, and state and federal health care data.


  1. Jim what is the purpose of this? Are you trying to get health reporters, to do a story on this, or acting as PR for USAT.

  2. It is typical of the hypocritical haters here that when someone -- Peter Eisler and the USA TODAY investigations desk -- does something noteworthy, there of course is not a single comment made.

    Even from the folks saying USA Today is fluff, etc. etc. etc.

    Speaks volumes about the climate here, and the blind one-sidedness od most of the "clientele.''

    Good work, Pete!!

  3. 11:21 I agree. But I'm nonetheless delighted to post examples of good work at any Gannett paper or TV station, so please keep sending me those links.

  4. 11:22. Of course you sre right. But Usa Today tends to tout its accomplishments over snd over sgain in storiess and followups.

    It is surprising to me there were/are few internal attaboys on big stories of late from anyone but Colton, whose daily note is considered ajoke to most staffers.Callaway needs to engage. We have enough managers who hide in offices and cubicles already.

  5. It's also worth pointing out that Corporate's Twitter feed said nada about this project yesterday.

  6. Jim - that's because the Twitter account is managed by marketing and they hadn't see the story. They're more of a Project Runway crowd.


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