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Reality Check— Hospital Stay is 10 times more likely to Kill you than a Motor Vehicle Crash
  By Dr. Mercola
Hospitals are typically thought of as places where lives are saved, but statistics show they’re actually one of the most dangerous places you could possibly frequent.
Each day, more than 40,000 harmful and/or lethal medical errors occur, placing the patient in a worse situation than what they came in with.
Doctors, Nurses, Hospital administrators blamed
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention laid the responsibility squarely on doctors, nurses and hospital administrators.
“Doctors are the key to stamping out superbugs. Antibiotic resistance threatens to return us to a time when a simple infection could kill,” CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden told reporters...
“These infections are not mysterious,” he said. “They’re caused by unwashed hands, rooms that are not cleaned thoroughly, overuse and misuse of antibiotics, a lack of careful hygiene in inserting catheters and other tubes, and slow detection of outbreaks...”
Patients also need to wash their hands
Patients also shoulder some of the blame. Again, the problem can be traced back to lack of proper hand washing. Washing hands is generally recognized as an important infection control strategy but one of the MOST important times to wash your hands is when you are in the hospital, even if you are visiting someone and not a patient.
Hand Washing Tips
Hand washing needs to be done correctly however, in order to be truly effective for disease control. Simply rinsing your hands with water, or giving a quick scrub with soap, is not enough to remove germs.
So, to make sure you’re actually removing the germs when you wash your hands, follow these guidelines:
Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with warm water
Use plain soap. Antibacterial soap is completely unnecessary and could easily do more harm than good. As a matter of fact, the antibacterial compounds found in most of these soaps are another contributing factor to the rapid emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Research has also confirmed that antibacterial soap is no more effective than plain soap at reducing bacterial contamination when used under ‘real-life’ conditions
Clean all the nooks and crannies of your hands, including under fingernails
Rinse thoroughly under running water
Use a paper towel to open the door as a protection from germs that harbor on handles
Being Proactive and Assertive Can Make Your Hospital Stay Safer
Checking yourself into a hospital should be an option of last resort, when you have exhausted all others (barring an actual life-threatening emergency). Not only do you risk developing a potentially life-threatening infection, but they also frequently give you the wrong solution for your problem. Surgery, for example, is a widely overused option that can cause far more problems than it solves.  
However, should a hospital stay be necessary, you would do well to bring a relative or friend who can speak up for you and ensure you’re given proper care if you’re too incapacitated (or timid) to do so yourself.
If you’re serious about minimizing your hospital visits, start by taking control of your health and building a strong immune system. This will minimize your risk of becoming hospital-bound due to severe illness, as well as minimize your risk of acquiring an antibiotic-resistant infection. Keeping your immune system healthy begins with common sense strategies such as eating real food, managing your stress, and getting plenty of daily movement and regular exercise.
Article Source: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/04/05/
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