Hospitals - A Leading Killer of Americans
Yes, it's dangerous to go to hospitals. About one in 20 patients experience a hospital-acquired infection each year. That translates into 2 million people – 90,000 of whom die each year.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the risk of getting infected in a hospital has jumped 36 percent in the last 20 years.
Experts say patients treated at major teaching centers are often more likely to pick up an infection because those centers treat a high population of patients who are sicker and weaker.
For instance, a 2001 study at 60 hospitals nationwide showed that a resistant strain of an intestinal bacteria known as VRE was found at 12.6 percent of the teaching hospitals, compared with 5.6 percent of nonteaching hospitals.Here are some tips from the CDC to avoid infection if you are hospitalized.