A blog post by Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. professor and chairman of the Department of Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and published on The Huffington Post Website.
If you’re admitted to a hospital, the last thing you should need to worry about is developing an infection linked to your care. Sadly, it occurs too often.
And consider startling numbers about the consequences: About 1 of every 20 patients gets an infection while hospitalized and up to 98,000 Americans die from these each year. That makes infections the most common complication in hospital care and one of the nation’s top 10 causes of death. In California, an estimated 200,000 patients develop hospital infections each year, resulting in 12,000 deaths. Continue Reading