Remember yesterday when we posted that chart that compared the rate of fatal hospital infections in the US to those in Europe. It didn’t look good for the US!
But as it turned out, that chart was inaccurate. Kevin Drum writes:
I checked the references at the bottom of the MBCC chart, and none of them seemed to back up their numbers. What’s more, a few years ago the CDC estimated 99,000 deaths per year out of 1.7 million HAIs, a mortality rate of 5.8%. For the EU, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control estimates 146,000 deaths per year out of 4.5 million HAIs (see p. 27), a mortality rate of 3.3%.
So consider this a Tumblr retraction. Meanwhile, here’s a factually accurate chart that shows we’re in the middle of the pack when it comes to fatal hospital infections.