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Betsy McCaughey wants to ‘RID’ hospitals of infections

Should you be visiting a hospital patient any time soon, Betsy McCaughey has a few words of advice for you: Forget the flowers and ditch the chocolates. Instead, bring bleach wipes, hand wipes and sanitary gloves. McCaughey (pronounced “McCoy”), who served as lieutenant governor of New York state during George Pataki’s first term (1995 to ’98), is the founding chair of the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths (RID) — an educational organization that seeks to mitigate hospital and nursing home infections, state by state. Since its creation in 2005, RID has advocated successfully for reporting on infection rates in 37 states, including New York and Connecticut, along with Washington, D.C. And, McCaughey adds, “Medicare is now rating hospitals and nursing homes on infections.”
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