People who go to the hospital for treatment expect to get better, but a growing number of patients end up dying instead— from infections they acquire in the hospital. Hospitals have long claimed that infections are an ‘accepted risk’ of care, but new studies show that many infections are easily prevented.
A Call to Action
Despite the tools to reduce or elimi- nate hospital-acquired infections, the numbers inexorably increase each year. The bacteria become more virulent and costly, and tens of thousands of patients die needlessly. Many hospitals have not demonstrated the will to implement the measures necessary to prevent infections.
These are extremely difficult cases, but we have an opportunity, and perhaps a responsibility, to shine a light on this important issue and help to bring about change. Our efforts continue to make health care safer.