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Myths and Reality: Up to 6000 Israelis per year die from hospital infections

Each year, between 4,000 and 6,000 Israelis die as a result of complications from hospital infections, mostly from antibiotic-resistant bacteria. A report published by the State Inspectorate in 2013 also showed that, in general, approximately 40,000 patients in hospitals suffer from such complications, also known as nosocomial infections. A report by the Ministry of Health, published on Sunday, April 21, in the Jewish daily Yediot Aharonot, revealed Israeli hospitals with the worst rates of nosocomial infections. Hospitals were divided into three categories — large, medium, and small — to ensure a fair comparison of infection levels. Among the six major hospitals in Israel at Rabin Medical Center on the Beilinson campus in Petah Tikva, the highest incidence was registered (132), followed by Hadassah with the Ain Kerem campus in Jerusalem (116) and Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv (107). The hospital with the fewest infections was the Soroka Medical Center in Continue Reading