The CDC claims that 1.7 million people become infected while at a hospital, but according to RID: The Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths, the actual number of infections at hospitals each year is much, much higher.
On average, a patient DIES AT A HOSPITAL due to a hospital-related infection every six minutes. RID says it’s at least 103,000 (preventable?) deaths a year, causing up to $30 billion in hospital costs.
It’s the fourth leading cause of death, with heart disease, cancer, and strokes taking the top three spots.