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Live Twitter Chat

Nurse with patient in hospital bedJoin CDC and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for a live Twitter chat about the critical and interrelated topics of antibiotic resistance and patient safety. The chat will be co-hosted by CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, and CMS Deputy Administrator and Chief Medical Officer Patrick Conway, M.D., MSc.

You go to the hospital to get well, but did you know that many patients can get additional infections while being treated there? 1 in 25 hospitalized patients have an infection caused by their medical care. 1 in 9 will die. One growing and especially concerning threat to patients in healthcare facilities is antibiotic resistance – when bacteria beat out the drugs made to fight them. Every year, at least 2 million people in and out of healthcare facilities become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and 23,000 die as a result.

These statistics are a good reminder of why it's important to be an informed, empowered and prepared patient. Do you know what steps you can take to protect yourself?  Do you know what questions you should ask your doctor and what preventive actions you should practice while in the hospital? Can you recognize the signs and symptoms of an infection? Knowing this information can protect your health and may save your life.

Join CDC and CMS leaders, among other experts, for this important discussion about how healthcare providers, patients, and family members all have a role to play in protecting patients by preventing antibiotic resistance and healthcare-associated infections.

Wednesday, June 18th, 2-3PM ET

Join the conversation:
Follow @DrFriedenCDC and @CMSinnovates on Twitter, and use the hashtag #SafeCareChat to participate.

More Information

  • Page last reviewed: June 24, 2014
  • Page last updated: June 24, 2014
  • Content source:
    • Office of the Associate Director for Communication
    • Page maintained by: Office of the Associate Director for Communication