CDC: Patients contracting infections from hospitals

In 2011, there were about 75K deaths

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Generally when you go to a hospital it’s because you’re sick and want to get better, but there’s new evidence that shows some people leave the hospital even more ill than when they got there.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates on any given day, about 1 in 25 patients contract at least one infection from the hospital.

One man said although he trusts his local medical center, it is a concern. “I’m from a small town and we know our hospital,” said Kevin Jaquay of Hamilton, New York. “Actually, the next town over is a larger city and the hospitals are pretty well there, but if I was in a strange area, I might think twice about it.”

In 2011, there were about 75,000 deaths stemming from healthcare-associated infections. The CDC said this is a wake up call for every hospital and clinic to follow strict and consistent sanitary and safety measures.

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