Thursday, March 30, 2006

Hospital Infection Rates Rarely Disclosed Despite Thousands of Deaths

ABC News reports on hospital infection rates:
Millions of patients contract an infectious disease while they are being treated in a hospital, but most hospitals do not release detailed data on the problem.

Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, is spearheading a nationwide campaign to require hospitals to disclose their infection rates.

Nearly 90,000 people die annually from hospital-acquired infections.

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