My last article was on improvements that have been made in reducing infections from IV tubes in hospitals.
About 650,000 people develop infections after they’re admitted to hospitals each year, and 75,000 patients die, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That makes hospital acquired infections the eighth leading cause of death, just behind diabetes.
Many hospitals have cut the risk of some of those infections – but too many haven’t, said Consumer Reports.
Hospitals are breeding grounds for infections and consumers need to be alert when they enter a hospital, said Lisa McGiffert, director of Consumer Reports’ Safe Patient Project.