Injured Brewery Worker, Wife Speak Out About Hospital Infections

Originally posted on CBS St. Louis:

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Almost five months into 2013, the Missouri Department of Health still has not released hospital infection rate data for 2012.

Retired brewery worker Jim Klotz says he lost a lot when the infection he believes came from a hospital IV ravaged his body, leaving him dependent on others.

“There’s so many things but I’m fortunate to have my wife and I have a few friends who are really helpful,” he said.

Jim Klotz, who lost a leg and kidney to a hospital-acquired infection

Klotz’s right leg was amputated at the knee. His wife Mary says the public should be told what hospital infection rates are.

“I think it’s criminal,” she said. “If there’s a law that states that data should be available to the public then they’re breaking the law and something should definitely be done about it. They should be called to task.

“Your life is totally turned upside down, totally upside down. And you do get…

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