Ongoing antibiotic resistance has led to so-called superbugs that are incredibly difficult for patients to fight off. This epidemic causes thousands of annual deaths in California, but many patients remain wholly unaware of the superbugs that plague certain hospitals. In some instances, revealing this type of information might allow a patient to choose a different hospital, ultimately helping his or her family to avoid the pain and suffering a wrongful death can cause.
Not only does the state of California not track any deaths that occur from infections acquired inside of a hospital, but these facilities are not required to report infections of lethal superbugs. Without this information, there is little to stop the spread of these antibiotic-resistant strains. To further complicate the matter, the true cause of death is rarely listed on the death certificate.