Every year, an estimated 648,000 people in the U.S. develop infections during a hospital stay, and about 75,000 die with one of those infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s more than twice the number of people who die each year in car crashes.
To highlight the growing problem of dangerous hospital infections, Consumer Reports recently rated hospitals based on their infection rates for two of the most common and deadly bacterial infections in hospitals, MRSA and C. diff. And we identified the 12 hospitals in the country that earned low scores not only against those hospital infections but also three other infections in our Ratings. Those include infections following surgery as well as infections associated with urinary catheters and central-line catheters (large tubes that provide medicine and nutrition to patients).
Those 12 low-scoring hospitals performed poorly across all five types of hospital infections, based on data they provided to federal government agencies, between October 2013 and September 2014. “Getting a low score across all five infection categories is a red flag that the hospital is not focusing proper resources on infection control,” says Doris Peter, Ph.D. director of the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center.
Low-Scoring Hospitals for Infection Prevention. Here are the 12 low-scoring hospitals, listed alphabetically:
Brooklyn Hospital Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, Ill.