The Hazards of Hospitals (an infographic)

Hazards of Hospitals infographicWhy US Hospitals aren’t nearly as Safe as you think

The infographic below is under a Creative Commons license. Here are some highlights:

We all think of the hospital as a place we go to get better. But hospitals in the United States are making people sicker at alarming rates. Between overtired interns, germ-covered doctors, and haphazard record keeping, you might find yourself in more trouble than you were when you checked in.

Some of the statistics presented include:

  • You’re 30,000 times more likely to die from a hospital visit than a plane crash.
  • 1 in 5 patients suffer harm from medical errors.
  • 1.7 million infections are contracted in hospitals each year.
  • 99,000 die from them.
  • More die from infections each year than from car accidents, breast cancer or aids.

The Hazards of Hospitals
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