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Reality Check—Hospital Stay is 10 Times More Likely to Kill You Than a Motor Vehicle Crash

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  • Preventable medical errors kill around 440,000 patients each year—that’s more than 10 times the number of deaths caused by motor vehicle crashes
  • One in 25 patients end up with a hospital-acquired infection. In 2011 alone, 75,000 people died as a result. Among Medicare patients, hospital-acquired infections affect 1 in 9 patients
  • Only 6 percent of U.S. hospitals receive top scores for preventing common drug-resistant infections. The No.1 cause of the spread of infections is lack of hand washing among nurses, doctors, and patients

By Dr. Mercola

Hospitals are typically thought of as places where lives are saved, but statistics show they’re actually one of the most dangerous places you could possibly frequent.


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