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Estimates of Healthcare-Associated Infections

Steve Wagner

The CDC just released two new reports that offer specific information and estimates about the rates of healthcare-related infections, and the progress working to prevent and eliminate those infections. According to the reports, although progress is being made in most areas, there are over 750,000 infections still affecting hospital patients each year.

The reports were divided into two categories: a report on National Estimates of Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI), and National and State-Specific Progress towards Prevention. The reports showed that at least one in 25 hospital patients is suffering from an HAI, and over 75,000 patients die each year as a result of these hospital infections.

On the whole, progress is being made to reduce HAI’s, although these reports highlight how much work remains to be done in order to prevent and cure these tragic infections. Our healthcare system should be the place we turn to for healing, not be the cause for this outrageous number of deaths and infections. When you put these numbers in conjunction with those of recent studies from all hospital-related deaths, the outcome is terrifying. The most recent estimates from 2013 showed that poor hospital care and medical mistakes are responsible for as many as 440,000 deaths each year in the United States.

If you or a loved one has suffered from a healthcare-associated infection, give the medical negligence lawyers of Wagner Reese a call. We can answer all of your questions and help you determine the right course of action for your lawsuit. Call us today at (888) 204-8440 to schedule your free consultation.


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