Hospital Infections Kill 12 People Every Hour
Hospitals are supposed
to be a safe place to go when someone gets sick. However, an investigative report in the Chicago Tribune revealed that in
2000, an estimated 103,000 deaths were linked to infections acquired in US hospitals. This makes our hospitals one of the
most dangerous, infectious places on earth! The problem is so widespread that hospital-acquired infections are ranked as the
fourth leading cause of death in the United States.
According to Michael
J. Berens, Chicago Tribune staff reporter, "A hidden epidemic of life threatening infections is contaminating America's
hospitals, needlessly killing tens of thousands of patients each year." Further more, the article noted, nearly three-quarters
of the deadly infections were preventable! This was the result of unsanitary facilities, germ-laden instruments, unwashed
hands and other lapses.
The article also quoted Dr. Barry Farr, a leading infection-control expert and president
of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. "The number of people needlessly killed by hospital infections
is unbelievable, but the public doesn't know anything about it. For years, we've been bundling the bodies of patients off
to the morgue while infection rates get higher and higher."
The report highlighted a 1998 case in Chicago,
where several workers tended without washing their hands--even though they were ill. As a result, eight children died of infection.
"The flu-like outbreak, which the city of Chicago never revealed to the public, was halted weeks later after three dozen
sick healthcare workers were ordered to stay home," the report revealed.
Tribune conducted extensive research for the report, analyzing records gathered among 75 federal and state agencies, as well
as internal hospital files, patient databases and court cases around the nation. The result is the first comprehensive analysis
of preventable patient deaths linked to infections within 5,810 hospitals nationally, it noted. "Since 1995, more than
75% of all hospitals have been cited for significant cleanliness and sanitation violations," the paper reported.
What’s the answer to this problem… WELLNNESS! Of course better sanitation in hospitals
is needed but reducing the burden on hospitals by keeping your family healthy is the real key. Using chiropractors
as your primary care doctors reduces your dependence on drugs, surgeries, and hospitalizations. The safest
health care goes in this order: chiropractic and nutrition first, drugs second, and surgery last.
This approach will save tens of thousands of lives per year! Remember, an OUNCE of prevention is
worth a POUND of cure.
Sources: "Infection epidemic carves deadly path; Poor hygiene, overwhelmed
workers contribute to thousands of deaths," by Michael J. Berens, Chicago Tribune, Ju121, 2002.