When a Hospital Is a Dangerous Place to Be

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Despite widespread alarm, the risk of infection by the Ebola virus has been virtually non-existent in this country so far. But 75,000 people die every year from homegrown infections contracted in hospitals -- more than from car crashes and gunshots combined. One astonishing reason: the failure of doctors to wash their hands. Another: the overprescribing of antibiotics, which creates resistant bacteria. The CDC has known of these and other problems for years, and there are easy solutions.  Is Obamacare providing a crackdown? 

Credits

Guests:
Janis Orlowski - Association of American Medical Colleges - @AAMCtoday, Lennox Archibald - infectious disease physician, Michael Millenson - Health Quality Advisors - @MLMillenson, Jordan Rau - Kaiser Health News - @jordanrau, Victoria Nahum - Safe Care Campaign

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Katie Cooper, Sonya Geis, Claire Martin