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When you go to the hospital, you expect to leave in better shape than what you were when you went in. Even if you know that you are going to leave with some issues, you certainly don't expect that you are going to suffer from a new hospital-acquired infection.

Hospital-acquired infections are serious because these are often difficult to treat. They can mean that you are in the hospital longer and that you have to endure even more treatments than what you originally planned on having to undergo.

The issue with these infections is that they are often preventable. They are almost always transmitted by people coming into contact with an infected person and then going into another room. Wearing scrubs and washing hands are two of the primary ways that these infections might be prevented.

One scary point that might interest some people is that there are around 648,000 people each year who are stricken with these infections. Around 75,000 of these victims will die from these infections.

As superbugs get stronger and more difficult to treat, the problem continues to worsen. Unfortunately, this is a problem that isn't likely going to go anywhere as long as medical professionals are lax in basic hygiene methods and don't take the time to ensure that they aren't passing infections from one patient to the next during the course of their shift.

All of these infections are serious, especially since they are preventable. It is imperative that anyone who suffers from one learns about what options they have for handling the situation. In some cases, this means seeking compensation for the damages they suffered.

Source: Consumer Reports, "How your hospital can make you sick," accessed July 28, 2017

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