Study: HAI Rates Increased, Mortality Dropped in Cancer Patients

While the rate of healthcare-associated infections in patients after a major cancer surgery increased from 1999 to 2009, the HAI-associated mortality rate decreased, according to a study in Cancer.

Researchers used data from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample between 1999 and 2009 to study HAI and in-hospital mortality rates of patients undergoing one of eight major cancer surgery procedures.

Data showed that HAI associated with major cancer surgery increased 2.7 percent annually from 1999 to 2009, but HAI-associated mortality decreased 1.3 percent annually. Patients with major cancer surgery-associated HAI had increased risk of mortality.

While greater hospital volume was associated with a lower risk of HAI, male gender, advancing age, black race, at least one comorbidity and non-private insurance were associated with an increased risk of HAI, according to the study.

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