A bill requiring hospitals to publicly disclose their infection rates won unanimous approval from Senate Health and Human Services Committee members Thursday.
"These infections are a very serious problem in our state and nationwide," said Rep. Jack Draxler, R-Logan, the sponsor of H.B. 55, who noted that fearful residents told him they are postponing medical procedures. "Our constituents are scared of these infections."
Hospitals are already required to report infection information to the federal government, but the new law would make the data available online through the Utah Department of Health. National data suggests that about 1 in 20 people go home from medical facilities with an acquired infection, Draxler said.