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The Danger of Hospital Acquired Infections

May 11, 2010

The risk of a “health care-associated infection” is much greater than you might think. These are infections you can get while in the hospital as a result of your stay. Annually, approximately 1.7 million hospitalizations involve some sort of infection, the most common being pneumonia and sepsis (an infection causing whole-body inflammation). If you are admitted to the hospital and you contract pneumonia, you have as high as a 10.3% chance of death. If you contract sepsis, your chances rise to as high as 16%. For those who have surgery, the death rate climbs to 11.4% of those who contract pneumonia and an alarming 19.5% for those with sepsis. According to one expert, “Hospital acquired infections actually kill three times more Americans than HIV does.” One of the primary causes of hospital infections are catheters. These should be used only as long as required and inserted using strict criteria.

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4 Responses to “ The Danger of Hospital Acquired Infections ”

  1. Miquel Mccarville on March 31, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Very intriguing information !Perfect just what I was searching for!

  2. Thaddeus Guillama on November 12, 2011 at 2:39 pm

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  3. Khadijah Sanflippo on May 26, 2010 at 8:40 am

    The end of the world has always fascinated many people who have imagined and even tried to predict what it will be like. They base this on one of Nostradamus’ prophecies regarding a planet that will approach the earth and could alter the earth’s gravitational pull and knock the earth off its axis. This could also cause the Earth’s crust to be torn and natural disasters would occur that kill many except for a small percentage of people. Only a few would survive such an event, and those who did survive are believed to have been selected by the government which is actively protecting their lives.

  4. William Morse on May 14, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    I had 3 family members sucumb to nosocomal pneumonia while in the hospital for other conditions (these were elderly persons, 2 of whom entered due to hip fractures and the other dyspnea).

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