Consumers expect hospitals to be sterile, safe environments where sick people get better, not sicker. However, an analysis by Consumer Reports shows many hospitals have problems curbing infections.
Consumer Reports is expanding its hospital ratings to include information about two common and deadly infections: methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus or MRSA and clostridium difficile or C. diff.
Each year about 648,000 people in the United States develop infections during a hospital stay and about 75,000 die, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s more than twice the number of people who die each year in car crashes.