How much does HAI cost?

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Intravenous news: Infection Control Today report “Adults who developed healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) due to medical or surgical care while in the hospital in 2007 had to stay an average of 19 days longer than adults who didn’t develop an infection, (24 days versus five days), according to the latest News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

For patients with an HAI, the rate of death in the hospital, on average, was six times as high as the rate for patients without an HAI (9 percent versus 1.5 percent). Also, on average, the cost of a hospital stay of an adult patient who developed an HAI was about $43,000 more expensive than the stay of a patient without an HAI ($52,096 versus $9,377).”

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