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One in 25 Patients End Up with Hospital-Acquired Infections, CDC Warns

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  • Approximately 40,000 harmful and/or lethal hospital errors occur each and every day in the US
  • Hospitals have become particularly notorious for spreading lethal infections. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hospital-acquired infections now affect one in 25 patients
  • In 2011, an estimated 722,000 patients contracted an infection during a stay in an acute care hospital in the US; 205 Americans die from hospital-acquired infections each and every day
  • Some hospitals are far riskier than others. A previous analysis of 40 million Medicare patients' records from 2007 through 2009 found that one in nine patients developed a hospital-acquired infection
  • According to this report, more than 164,470 inhospital complications could potentially have been avoided had all Medicare recipients from 2008 through 2010 gone to top rated hospitals for their procedures

By Dr. Mercola

According to the 2011 Health Grades Hospital Quality in America Study, the incidence of medical harm occurring in the United States is estimated to be over 40,000 harmful and/or lethal errors each and every day.


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