Just how scary a place is the modern hospital? Well, the statistics don’t lie. The places that we rely on to heal and receive top medical care can be potential breeding grounds for infections and a host of other complications. One of the primary culprits is cleanliness, or, for that matter, a lack there of.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it’s reported that 1.7 million infections occur every year in hospitals.
Hospital acquired infections are one of the leading causes of preventable death in the world today; according to the WHO, in the U.S. alone over 100,000 people die every year from illnesses that they contract in the hospital.
Of all the major complications that occur during hospitalization, hospital acquired infections (also referred to as nosocomial infections) account for more than 50%.
According to an article published by CBS, it was reported that of all hospitals, more than 75% have been cited for serious cleanliness and sanitation violations.
In a survey conducted by the Journal of Hospital Infection evaluating healthcare facility cleaning practices, nearly half of respondents (47%) relied solely on just daily visual monitoring for the assessment of environment cleanliness and cleaning needs.
In rankings published by Consumer Reports of which U.S. hospitals do best and worst at fighting bacteria that cause infections, only 6% of hospitals scored well against both MRSA and C. diff.