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How Big of a Public Health Issue Is Patient Safety?

PatientSafety_A2_WebAlicia Cole went to the hospital for routine surgery. She didn’t think her procedure would ultimately lead to many more.

During the course of her medical care and recovery, Cole was infected with three life-threatening drug-resistant superbugs and developed sepsis, a body’s overwhelming response to an infection that can lead to organ failure and even death.

Alicia’s story is all too common. Patients face a risk of contracting new infections when being treated at a hospital, clinic or doctor’s office and many of these infections are resistant to antibiotics.

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