Hospital-Acquired Infections Kill 99,000 Patients Each Year
A report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association estimates that hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) cost the United States 9.8 billion dollars a year.
About Hospital Acquired Infections
- According to the report, HAIs affect between 5-10 percent of all hospital patients.
- On average, these infections with result in the deaths of 99,000 patients each year.
The five most common hospital-acquired infections are:
- Bloodstream Infections
- Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia
- Infections at Surgical Sites
- Clostridium Difficile Infections
- Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections
- Most infections were cause by human error such as staff not washing their hands.
Breakdown of Hospital Acquired Infection Statistics
- Surgical site infections accounted for the highest overall cost, making up 34% of the overall $9.8 billion.
- Bloodstream infections, however, were the most expensive for patients costing an average of $45,814 per infection.
- Hospital-acquired bloodstream infections kill approximately 26,250 U.S. patients every year according to MedScape.
- The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention estimates that clostridium difficile results in the deaths of 14,000 patients each year.
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