Hospital superbugs kill 48,000 patients a year

Thursday, March 25, 2010 by: S. L. Baker, features writer
Tags: superbugs, infections, health news

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
CDC issues flu vaccine apology: this year's vaccine doesn't work!
The five biggest lies about Ebola being pushed by government and mass media
Ultraviolet light robot kills Ebola in two minutes; why doesn't every hospital have one of these?
Tetanus vaccines found spiked with sterilization chemical to carry out race-based genocide against Africans
Biologist explains how marijuana causes tumor cells to commit suicide
Healthy 12-year-old girl dies shortly after receiving HPV vaccine
Companies begin planting microchips under employees' skin
The best way to help your body protect itself against Ebola (or any virus or bacteria)
NJ cops bust teenagers shoveling snow without a permit
Cannabis dissolves cancerous tumor in young infant, deemed a 'miracle baby' by physician
Russia throws down the gauntlet: energy supply to Europe cut off; petrodollar abandoned as currency war escalates
W.H.O. contradicts CDC, admits Ebola can spread via coughing, sneezing and by touching contaminated surfaces
McDonald's in global profit free fall as people everywhere increasingly reject chemically-altered toxic fast food
Top ten things you need to do NOW to protect yourself from an uncontrolled Ebola outbreak
Chemotherapy kills cancer patients faster than no treatment at all
FDA targets Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps for sharing health benefits of coconut oil
U2's Bono partners with Monsanto to destroy African agriculture with GMOs
Why flu shots are the greatest medical fraud in history

(NaturalNews) A new study just published in the Archives of Internal Medicine shows that an alarming number of Americans are dying in the hospital from two infectious diseases: sepsis (also known as systemic inflammatory response syndrome, it causes widespread inflammation and blood clotting and can lead to organ failure and death) and pneumonia. But the victims of these health problems weren't originally hospitalized because of these illnesses. Instead, they were in the hospital for other reasons. In fact, some were healthy and simply having an elective procedure. Yet they ended up dead.

The reason? These unfortunate patients became fatally ill from hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) caused primarily by both the rise of antibiotic resistant superbugs and downright sloppy infection control by hospital medical staff.

Researchers with Extending the Cure (a project examining antibiotic resistance based at the Washington, D.C., think-tank Resources for the Future) conducted the largest nationally representative study to date to document the human and economic toll taken by two hospital-acquired infections that should be preventable, sepsis and pneumonia. Both conditions are caused by an array of pathogens, including the dangerous superbug dubbed Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a bacterial infection that has become highly resistant to many antibiotics. The researchers found that these germs are frequently being spread by sloppy infection control in hospitals.

The infections can result in longer hospital stays, serious complications and death. What's more, in 2006 alone they caused health care costs to soar by $8.1 billion and took the lives of 48,000 people, according to the new study.

"In many cases, these conditions could have been avoided with better infection control in hospitals," Ramanan Laxminarayan, Ph.D., principal investigator for the study said in a press statement. "Infections that are acquired during the course of a hospital stay cost the United States a staggering amount in terms of lives lost and health care costs. Hospitals and other health care providers must act now to protect patients from this growing menace."

Dr. Laxminarayan and his research team investigated 69 million discharge records from hospitals in 40 states and identified infections that developed after hospitalization. They scrutinized infections that are often preventable, including sepsis caused by a lapse in sterile technique during surgery. Not only do people who develop sepsis after surgery end up hospitalized an additional 11 days on average at an extra cost per person of about $33,000 for treatment, nearly 20 percent of them die as a result of the infection.

HAI pneumonia develops if a disease-causing microbe gets into the lungs -- such as when a dirty, germ-laden ventilator tube is used. The researchers found that people who come down with pneumonia after surgery remain in the hospital an extra two weeks at an additional cost of $46,000 per person for treatment. Moreover, in 11 percent of the cases, the patients die as a result of the HAI pneumonia infection.

"That's the tragedy of such cases. In some cases, relatively healthy people check into the hospital for routine surgery. They develop sepsis because of a lapse in infection control -- and they can die," Anup Malani, Ph.D., a study co-author, investigator at Extending the Cure, and professor at the University of Chicago, noted in a statement to the media.

According to the researchers, HAIs can be especially dangerous because they are often caused by bacteria that defy treatment with commonly used antibiotics. "These superbugs are increasingly difficult to treat and, in some cases, trigger infections that ultimately cause the body's organs to shut down," said Dr. Malani. "The nation urgently needs a comprehensive approach to reduce the risk posed by these deadly infections. Improving infection control is a clear way to both improve patient outcomes and lower health care costs."

As NaturalNews has previously reported, superbug infections are on the rise. For example, MRSA infections increased over 300 percent in US neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) in less than ten years ( And a Henry Ford Hospital study revealed that MRSA superbugs are now five times more deadly than previously-seen strains of the superbug (

For more information:

Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...


Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source:

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.