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USA: HOSPITAL-ACQUIRED INFECTIONS, MRSA, KILLED 48 000 AMERICANS IN ONE YEAR

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According to a new study, sepsis (blood infection) and pneumonia, two common conditions caused by hospital-aquired infections like MRSA, killed 48,000 Americans in 2006, and cost the nation over 8 billion dollars to treat. Co-author Dr Ramanan Laxminarayan declared that «that in many cases the conditions could have been avoided with better infection control in the hospitals.Infections that are acquired during the course of a hospital stay cost the United States a staggering amount in terms of lives lost and health care costs," said Laxminarayan»

Additionnal cost are high - For instance, an infection developped after a surgery may add 33 000$ in treatment cost and prolongued hospital stay.

The conclusion of this article is "The nation urgently needs a comprehensive approach to reduce the risk posed by these deadly infections."

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/180065.php

 

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