If you have to go into the hospital, you have better than a 10% chance of getting an infection from the hospital environment. Hospital-acquired infections (HAI) are a major source of death, causing about 100,000 potentially avoidable deaths per year. Excess annual health care expenditures attributable to HAIs range up to $45 billion, and the average hospital length of stay is prolonged by as much as 9 days in patients who develop such infections.
So far, the medical industrial complex has taken two roads in trying to combat HAIs. One is antibiotics, which have been relatively effective to date, and the other is trying to get rid of the pathogenic bacteria in the hospital, which has not been successful.
So far, few have thought of trying to strengthen the immune system so the body can fight infections better.