Michigan residents often rely on the help of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals when they are sick or injured. These professionals have studied long and hard to be able to identify and treat a variety of common, and uncommon, illnesses and injuries. Most people are not equipped to deal with these situations on their own, and therefore they put their faith in these trusted professionals.
There are many things that Ann Arbor residents worry about on a daily basis that rich, famous celebrities never do. However, in a sense, health care is a great equalizer -- celebrities' bodies are just as vulnerable as anyone else's, and they are just as helpless as the rest of us when they place themselves into the care of a hospital. And when celebrities suffer permanent disability from medical malpractice, they avail themselves of the legal system to seek compensation.
Over the course of the last decade, hospitals across the U.S. have been fighting outbreaks of so-called healthcare-associated infections. For those unfamiliar with HAIs, they are defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as "infections that patients acquire during the course of receiving healthcare treatment for other conditions."