Hospital Acquired Infection (HAI)
Hospitals are so laden with germs that there is a whole new category of infection known as HAI or hospital-acquired infection. According to medical writers, an HAI is an infection “promoted by the hospital environment.” This may be because so many germs are in the hospital or it may be a response to caregivers who do not wash their hand or inadequately cleaned equipment or tools. According to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, about 99,000 Americans die of these HAI every year. And America is not unique. The United Kingdom reports that 1 in every 16 patients in a hospital in that nation acquires an infection as a result of being at the hospital.