The new danger hiding in America's hospitals

It's the frightening new reality facing ANY senior in a hospital.

The very care you desperately need... the treatments that are supposed to SAVE your life... could do just the opposite.

They could end it.

An urgent new warning reveals an up-and-coming hospital risk that has doctors around the country absolutely terrified.

The form of bacteria that's behind many of the 1.5 million sepsis infections and 258,000 deaths every year, Klebsiella pneumoniae, has become even deadlier.

It's developed resistance to the last-resort antibiotics doctors have been saving for the most critical cases.

New samples of Klebsiella -- taken from U.S. hospital patients -- show that the germ has learned to switch its genes on and off when exposed to colistin antibiotics in order to protect itself and survive the drug.

What makes this so alarming is not only that a growing number of patients will no longer respond to these types of antibiotics.

It's that doctors have no way of knowing who is at risk!

A test for colistin resistance takes time, but when a patient is infected -- and by the time a deadly case of sepsis takes hold -- time is the one thing they don't have.

All they can do is give the drugs, cross their fingers, say a prayer, and hope it works.

The "experts" say that this discovery is a sure sign that we need a new antibiotic to treat this germ.

Those same experts will admit that the overuse of current antibiotics is what caused the problem in the first place.

Even if a new drug arrives, odds are, it will be just as overused -- and the germs will quickly learn to resist this one, too.

What we need is a whole new approach.

There are two steps that every hospital patient and their loved ones can take.

Step one is prevention: If you're in a hospital, be hyper vigilant about washing and sanitizing. If you're in no condition to keep watch yourself, make sure that there is a loved one present who can. All visitors -- including (especially!) doctors, nurses, and orderlies -- need to wash and sanitize BEFORE they approach you.

Along with cutting the risk of sepsis and other conditions linked to Klebsiella, such as UTIs, this same common-sense approach can also help prevent other infections and complications.

Step two comes into play if you get sick. Since a hallmark of sepsis is plunging levels of your body's vitamin C, quick delivery of intravenous C will restore those levels and give your immune system the power it needs to fight back.

In a study published last year, an intravenous blend of vitamin C, thiamine (a.k.a. vitamin B1), and low doses of the steroid hydrocortisone cured nearly everyone, while those given standard treatments had a 40 percent death rate.