A new Medicare study finds that 40 to 60% of the 90,000 deaths from hospital infections are preventable.
The study found that 44% of the patients did not get an antibiotic within the 60 minute time frame; another 10% did not get their antibiotics within four hours.
Not only is this dangerous, it's costly.
These studies by the Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality and the CDC collected data from 34,133 Medicare patients and data came from 2,900 hospitals.
Consumers Union is circulating a petition to have hospitals in other states besides Florida to pass disclosure laws on hospital infection rates.