Hospital Malpractice: 2,300 Staph Virus Infection Deaths in Canada
In March 2008, Canadian TV network CTV reported on a survey of malpractice and preventable hospital mistakes occurring in hospitals in Canada. In 2006, CTV reported that over 2,300 patients died from complications as a result of contracting the potentially deadly MRSA staph virus. These infections cost the Canadian national health care system $200 Million (which translates to approximately $202 million in U.S. currency).
The study, which was undertaken by a Canadian surveillance program, studied 48 hospitals. Their statistics also noted that over 29,000 patients seen by physicians at these hospitals were carrying the staph infection, and that 11,700 contracted new MRSA infections.
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