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Hospitals Losing Battle With C-Diff., Other Deadly Superbugs

An estimated 100,000 hospital patients die each year from hospital-acquired infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Approximately 1 in 20 patients suffer an infection from the hospital that's attempting to heal them. These statistics demonstrate the prevalence of this alarming issue, but they don't completely speak to the severity of these infections.

Antibiotic-resistant superbugs can quickly kill hospital patients who are elderly or have weak immune systems. Clostridium difficile (C-diff.) and methicillin-resistant staph (MRSA) are two of these superbugs that annually kill tens of thousands in U.S. hospitals. Hospitals have been losing the battle, as the annual death toll continues to trend up.

The key to curbing the superbug epidemic is prevention. In addition to old-fashioned cleanliness and sterilization, new technology such as ultraviolet (UV) light emitting devices will help hospitals in the superbug battle. Germ-resistant hospital beds and antimicrobial bedding and paint are other features that decrease the spread of bacteria.

If you or a loved one has been seriously harmed by a hospital-acquired infection, speak with an experienced Ohio medical malpractice attorney to examine your legal options.

Source: USA Today, "Hospitals See Surge Of Superbug-Fighting Products," April 29, 2013

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