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    Infectious Disease Control Unit
    Mail Code: 1960
    PO BOX 149347 - Austin, TX 78714-9347
    1100 West 49th Street, Suite T801
    Austin, TX 78714

    Phone: 512 776 7676
    Fax: (512) 776-7616


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 People can get infections from hospitals, surgery centers or other  places that offer  health care. This is a big public health problem. A  recent survey showed that  722,000 infections (HAIs) occurred in  2011 in the United States. This means  that about 4% of hospital  patients ended up with at least one infection.»
 Preventable Adverse Events, also known as PAEs, can happen in health care. They  are not supposed to happen. An example would be surgery on the wrong body  part, or a bad injury from a fall.  Health care workers try hard to make sure PAEs  don't happen. »
 Antibiotics and similar drugs, together called antimicrobial agents,  have been  used for the last 70 years to treat patients who have  infectious diseases. Since  the 1940s, these drugs have greatly reduced illness and death from infectious  diseases. Antibiotic use has been beneficial and, when prescribed and taken  correctly, their value in patient care is enormous. However, these drugs have  been used so widely and for so long that the infectious organisms the antibiotics  are designed to kill have adapted to them, making the drugs less effective. »



















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Last updated January 21, 2016