Estimates of Healthcare-Associated Infections

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A new report from CDC updates previous estimates of healthcare-associated infections. In American hospitals alone, healthcare-associated infections account for an estimated 1.7 million infections and 99,000 associated deaths each year. Of these infections:
  • 32 percent of all healthcare-associated infection are urinary tract infections
  • 22 percent are surgical site infections
  • 15 percent are pneumonia (lung infections)
  • 14 percent are bloodstream infections

 

Estimates of Healthcare-Associated Infections:  Created on October 20th, 2007.  Last Modified on October 20th, 2007

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