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$9.8 Billion a Year Spent on Healthcare-Associated Infections

CBS News reports that a meta-analysis study published in JAMA Internal Medicine has found that about $9.8 billion are spent each year on health care-associated infections (HAI), or infections contracted while in the hospital. The most common HAIs were infections of the surgical site, central-line-associasted blood stream infections, pneumonia from a ventilator, and urinary tract infections from a catheter. The CDC is urging hospitals to become more aware of the health care practices associated with such infections and to take the necessary precautions. They say that if these precautions were implemented, “20,000 lives would be saved and health care costs could be cut by $4-6 billion.”

Read the article in CBS News.

Read the study in JAMA Internal Medicine.