About 100,000 people die every year due to infections acquired in a hospital, according to a new government report. According to the government's 2009 Healthcare Quality Report, hospital-acquired infections are the most common complication of hospital care -- with an estimated 1.7 million such infections occurring every year.
In this hour, we'll look at the problem, and ways to reduce the risk. We'll also talk about some of the infectious organisms that put patients at risk, from MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) to C. diff (Clostridium difficile, often called C. difficile). What can be done to help reduce the spread of these superbugs?
Produced by Annette Heist, Senior Producer