"One in 25 U.S. hospital patients has caught an infection while in the hospital, according to new federal data released on Wednesday.
That adds up to more than 700,000 people infected in 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. It’s a national crisis and although the numbers suggest there are some improvements, it’s not nearly enough, the CDC’s Dr. Michael Bell said.
'You go to the hospital hoping to get better,' Bell told reporters. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen.
The CDC issued two reports, one based on a 2011 survey of hospitals in 10 states and another from a yearly check on progress in fighting hospital-acquired infections."