HAIs Cost U.S. $9.8B Annually

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The top five hospital-acquired infections cost hospitals in the U.S. approximately $9.8 billion annually, according to new research published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Researchers conducted a literature review of all relevant material on hospital-acquired infections and cost from 1986 through April 2013 on PubMed, gathering infection incidence data from the Centers for Disease Control.

By a per-case analysis, the top five most expensive infections were:

  • Central line-associated bloodstream infection ($45,814)
  • Ventilator-associated pneumonia ($40,144)
  • Surgical site infection ($20,785)
  • C.diff infection ($11,285)
  • Catheter-associated urinary tract infection ($896).

Annually, the five most costly infections were:

  • Surgical site infections ($3.3 billion)
  • Ventilator associated pneumonia ($3.1 billion)
  • Central line-associated bloodstream infections ($1.85 billion)
  • C.diff infections ($1.5 billion)
  • Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (<$100 million)

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