Going into a Georgia hospital?
Make sure everyone washes their hands
Going into the hospital for a routine procedure could have other risks—especially in Georgia. Because germs spread easily in a hospital setting, patients can pick up infections when sanitary practices aren't followed.
The CDC tracks state and hospital progress on reducing these hospital infections, most often associated with a central line (catheter).
The AJC tracked Georgia's performance compared to other states and found that we're way behind when it comes to reducing these infections.
Some hospitals have a better track record than others. You can search by hospital and type of infection. Congratulations, WellStar Douglas Hospital. No infections at all in the year studied.
Wash up, everyone!