According to new research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in 25 patients in U.S. hospitals came down with an infection while in care units in 2011.
In the last decade, these antibiotic-resistant infections have become increasingly prevalent. Patients acquired around 721,800 infections at hospitals that year. Of those, about 75,000 died, according to the CDC.
The report comes after a swarm of news stories have detailed the rise in what experts have called “superbugs.” This type of bacteria carries genes that enable them to survive against widely used antibiotics. Basically, these superbugs no longer respond to oral antibiotics.
“Even though we’ve had great success nationally, there still are pockets of hospitals that have rates of infection that are several times the national average,” Dr. Peter Pronovost, director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins Medicine, told CNN.
The recent statistic is particularly scary, as hospitals are generally considered a place where patients go to improve their conditions, not the opposite.
As you know, a healthy body is inextricably linked to a healthy mouth. So, what happens to your immune system – including these infections – can impact the health of your mouth, leading to halitosis, among other things.