How Hospitals Harm Us, Ctd

by Patrick Appel

Kevin Drum backs up this reader:

[A] few years ago the CDC estimated 99,000 deaths per year out of 1.7 million [hospital acquired infections(HAIs)], a mortality rate of 5.8%. For the EU, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control estimates 146,000 deaths per year out of 4.5 million HAIs, a mortality rate of 3.3%. That's a modest difference, and it gets even more modest when you read more about these estimates, which are very, very rough and depend strongly on exactly how you count infections and how you attribute deaths.