How Hospitals Harm Us

Aug 31 2011 @ 3:22pm

by Chris Bodenner

After the jump is a startling infograph about the dangers associated with hospital stay. Hospitals improve far, far more lives than they harm, of course, and every system has its flaws, but the following stats are cause for concern:

Number of hospital-acquired infections that lead to death: 
Europe: 1 in 122
United States: 1 in 7

Lopsided numbers like those lead to the US ranking last out of 19 developed countries in preventable deaths in hospitals. Here is the full ream of stats:

The Hazards of Hospitals
Created by: Medical Billing and Coding