The High Cost of Hospital-Acquired Infection
According to an article posted on EverdayHealth.com, the five most common infections that patients acquire after being admitted into the hospital costs the health care system nearly $10 billion per year. The infections can be contracted various ways, including surgical sites, catheters and ventilators.
According to a study performed by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every 20 patients admitted to the hospital will contract an infection while there. The infections can range from mild to life-threatening, and can cost the health care systems thousands of dollars to treat per infection. The article also states that Medicare has decided that they will no longer cover the cost for certain infections caused by health care organizations in hopes that more precautions will be taken to prevent these infections.
Many of these infections are preventable, and hospital staff are being urged to take extra steps to prevent the risk of infections for patients.
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