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Researchers: Superbug deaths going unreported in US


Many thousands of Californians are dying every year from infections they caught while in hospitals. But you'd never know that from their death certificates. Sharley McMullen came down with a fever just hours after being wheeled out of an operating room on May 4, 2014. McMullen, 72, was there for treatment of a bleeding stomach ulcer. Soon, though, she was fighting for her life. On her medical chart, a doctor scribbled "CRKP," underlining it three times. Doctors tried antibiotic after antibiotic. But after five weeks in the hospital, McMullen died from complications of the infection, according to a Los Angeles Times review of her medical records. Her death certificate does not mention the hospital-acquired infection or CRKP, however. more

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