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Dangerous Hospitals

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Every year in the US drunk drivers kill almost 10,000 people but over seven times that many hospital patients die with infections. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that these infections add $45 billion every year to hospital costs.Check out the full series of infographics!

 

Frequently Asked Questions

(1) That’s incredible. Why isn’t there more government oversight of hospitals? +/

(2) How can a patient protect themselves when they go into the hospital? +/

(3) Any more bad news? +/

Sources

(1) Mothers Against Drunk Driving

(2) Center for Disease Control

(3) Center for Disease Control: “The Direct Medical Costs of Healthcare-Associated Infections in U.S. Hospitals and the Benefits of Prevention”

Join our Safe Patient Campaign and advocate for better hospital infection reporting in your state.

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