Last week I wrote the post, What Scares Me About Ebola Is How We Have Handled Sepsis, and Kaiser Health News and NPR has followed up with an article expressing the same concern, Hospitals’ Struggles To Beat Back Familiar Infections Began Before Ebola Arrived. The Ebola infections by health care workers in the United States reminds us that infection control is a serious, unresolved health care problem for both health care workers and patients. The article is well researched and worth the read. My favorite quote is,
Nationally, about one in every 25 hospitalized patients gets an infection, and 75,000 people die each year from them—more than from car crashes and gun shots combined.