The Danger of Hospital Acquired Infections
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.