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More Than 100,000 People Die EVERY Year in the U.S. Because of Hospital Acquired Infections

A new study proves false the horrible assumption by many "experts" in conventional medicine that hospitals actually make money on patients who acquire an infection during their stays.

As the conventional "wisdom" goes, experts assume hospitals generate more cash on patients who catch diseases during their hospital stays because institutions receive higher payouts from insurance companies for solving more complicated problems. But not according to a report on 54 patients who contracted a central-line-associated bloodstream infection at just one hospital.

Over a three-year period, the hospital lost almost $27,000 per patient in costs related to this specific infection alone. What's more, out of the 54 cases reviewed, in only four instances did the hospital generate a profit or break even.

By the way, just 16 states have laws on the books requiring hospitals to report the number of infections they encounter, yet only one -- Pennsylvania with 19,000 cases -- has issued reports listing cases at individual hospitals. And with an estimated 100,000 patients dying every year from a hospital-acquired infection, it's just another reason to be very cautious about the quality of the hospital you choose.

You simply have to be very careful about ever going into the hospital. It should always be viewed as the option of last resort when you have exhausted all others. Not only do you risk developing a life-threatening infection, but the very reason you are in there for could very well be the wrong solution for your problem.

The primary concern here is if you are choosing to use surgery as an answer to your health challenge. Without question surgery can be a life-saving intervention, especially for acute trauma, it, more frequently, is a unwise and poor solution that will cause far more problems than it solves. Or better yet, follow my Total Health Program and avoid hospitals altogether...

American Journal of Medical Quality, Vol. 21, No. 6: 7S-16S  Free Full Text PDF

USA Today November 21, 2006