It constantly amazes me when I meet people who want to be hospitalized for something minor. So many patients fail to realize how dangerous the hospital can be. Not only are you at risk for developing a blood clot (deep vein thrombosis or DVT) and dying from it (fatal pulmonary embolism or PE), but you're at very high risk for infection. These hospital-acquired or nosocomial infections are some of the worst types of infections out there!
There's a CNN story about hospital infections and here are the highlights:
- Every year, hospital-acquired infections sicken 1.7 million, kill 99,000 in U.S.
- They add more than $28 billion to health care costs annually
- Small changes -- using a checklist and brushing patients' teeth -- can lower rates
- Expert: Attitude is slowly shifting away from accepting infections as inevitable