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Hospitals Are Dangerous Places

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The direct risk of complications or death from cardiac procedures is not the only reason for caution. I’m also concerned that such procedures are performed in hospitals, which are dangerous places these days.
 
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the rate of hospital-acquired infections — usually due to bacteria known as MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) — is on the rise. Each year, more than 2 million people are infected with these antibiotic-resistant microbes, and 100,000 of them die.
 
Thanks to budget cutbacks, hospital cleaning staffs have been reduced, so hospitals are not as sanitary as they used to be. In fact, they are downright dirty.
 
The skyrocketing number of medical errors is also alarming. In 1999, the Institute of Medicine estimated that 98,000 people die each year due to hospital errors. But a study released this fall by the CDC put that figure between 210,000 and 400,000.
 
That would make medical errors the third-leading cause of death in the United States, behind only heart disease and cancer.
 
So here’s the bottom line: If you go into the hospital for a procedure or treatment, even if it is as an outpatient, you must remain vigilant. Tell your spouse, son or daughter, or anyone who accompanies you to be on the lookout for problems as well.
 
And don’t be afraid to follow up with your doctor. Most people don’t realize that the one-time fee all surgeons receive is intended to cover both surgery and 90 days of follow-up care.
 

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The direct risk of complications or death from cardiac procedures is not the only reason for caution. I’m also concerned that such procedures are performed in hospitals, which are dangerous places these days.
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