New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows on any given day, 1 in 25 patients is battling an infection. That adds up to more than 720,000 infections a year. Pneumonia is at the top of the list, as well as infections related to surgery and infections that cause gastrointestinal illness.
The CDC says progress has been made. Infections related to some common surgeries have declines, as well as infections related to tubes placed in the chest or arm.
There are things you can do to lower your chances of picking up an infection at the hospital. Ask when catheters and other tubes can be removed, they are often a freeway for germs to enter the bloodstream. Also insist on proper hand hygiene every time anyone touches you, including family members.