Hospital Infections

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Coloradans could get a glimpse about how many people end up getting more sick after they've check into hospitals.

A bill backed by a state House committee today would require Colorado hospitals to report infection rates to a national group by 2007 and then to the state in 2008. That information would then be posted on the state health department's Web site.

People who have gotten sick or have lost loved ones who did say consumers have just as much right to that information as they do to health inspections at restaurants.

Florida and Pennsylvania are already collecting such data and lawmakers in 13 states besides Colorado are looking at requiring it.

The legislation is backed by the Consumer's Union, the publisher of "Consumer Reports".

The legislation is House Bill 1045 and it's sponsored by Representative Bob McCluskey, a Republican from Fort Collins.