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Hospital Infections Cost 99,000 American Lives Annually

About 99,000 American patients die annually from infections that were acquired while they were in hospital. Published in the First State-Specific Healthcare-Associated Infections Summary Data Report [PDF—793 KB] by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on 27 May 2010, this staggering figure included data on just one kind of hospital-acquired infection: central-line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs). Below is a description of what central lines are. CLABSIs represent about a third of deaths from healthcare-associated infections. Therefore, the total annual number of deaths due to healthcare-associated infections in the USA is about 300,000! All these deaths are considered preventable.

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In the Lay News

DeNoon DJ. 99,000 Die Yearly From Preventable Hospital Infections. eMedicineHealth, 27 May 2010.

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