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Hospital-Acquired Infections Kill 99,000 Patients Each Year

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Jarod Cassidy4 years ago

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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