How Big of a Public Health Issue Is Patient Safety?
During the course of her medical care and recovery, Cole was infected with three life-threatening drug-resistant superbugs and developed sepsis, a body’s overwhelming response to an infection that can lead to organ failure and even death.
The big picture
Alicia’s story is all too common. Patients face a risk of contracting new infections when being treated at a hospital, clinic or doctor’s office and many of these infections are resistant to antibiotics.
Many of the most urgent and serious drug-resistant threats are health care-related. On any given day, 1 out of every 25 hospital patients has at least one health care-associated infection (HAI), and many of these infections are resistant to at least one of the drugs commonly used to treat them.
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