ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Almost five months into 2013, the Missouri Department of Health still has not released hospital infection rate data for 2012.
Retired brewery worker Jim Klotz says he lost a lot when the infection he believes came from a hospital IV ravaged his body, leaving him dependent on others.
Klotz’s right leg was amputated at the knee. His wife Mary says the public should be told what hospital infection rates are.
“I think it’s criminal,” she said. “If there’s a law that states that data should be available to the public then they’re breaking the law and something should definitely be done about it. They should be called to task.
“Your life is totally turned upside down, totally upside down. And you do get angry and I cry and then I ask God ‘forgive them because they know not what they do.’”
Since January, KMOX has been requesting the 2012 hospital infection data from the Missouri Department of Health. Thus far, despite a request under the Missouri Sunshine Law, we have only received an email saying they’re “working on it.”
Hospitals would be forced to release to the public more information on their infection rates more quickly under a bill moving through the Missouri legislature.
Republican State Senator and Physician Rob Schaaf of St. Joseph, who co-authored a 2004 bill calling for the information be made available to consumers, says his latest bill would force a more timely release of the data.
“Waiting a year is just outrageous,” Schaaf said, “My bill would say they have to do it quarterly.”