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Routine Surgery?

I heard an interesting story on the radio this morning.  The piece was about a local man named John Munsey and the infection he contracted during routine back surgery.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that roughly 1.7 million hospital-associated infections, from all types of microorganisms, including bacteria, combined, cause or contribute to 99,000 deaths each year.  99,000.  271 every day.   A jumbo jet falling out of the sky every day.  One person every five minutes.  Just a reminder that there is no such thing as “routine back surgery”.

The short radio piece can be heard here.


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March 20, 2012