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Posted on 09-18-2013

NEARLY $10 BILLION SPENT ON HOSPITAL-ACQUIRED INFECTIONS EACH YEAR!

Good morning!

The headline above is from a Fox News story published on September 4, 2013, that reported $9.8 billion dollars is spent every year to treat hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). The article was based on a study published in the JAMA Internal Medicine on September 02, 2013, showing the high cost of treating infections picked up in hospitals.

"It's lower than past estimates, but they're all avoidable outcomes that we could probably decrease down to zero," said study author Dr. Eyal Zimlichman.

The study, by Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, found the five most common hospital-acquired infections were surgical site infections, bloodstream infections, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, Clostridium difficile infections, and ventilator associated pneumonia.

Surgical site infections topped the list as the most expensive at $3.33 billion yearly. On a personal level, bloodstream infections were the most expensive per person at an average $45,814 per infection. Ventilator-associated pneumonia will cost a patient $40,144, followed by Clostridium difficile infections at $11,285, and catheter-associated urinary tract infections at $896.

The CDC reports that these five HAIs affect between five and 10 percent of all hospital patients each year resulting in 99,000 deaths.

The CDC introduced initiatives through infection control recommendations to control HAIs which resulted in a 68 percent infection decrease in four years at the 32 hospitals and 66 ICUs where the initiatives were implemented.

“While quality improvement initiatives have decreased HAI incidence and costs, much more remains to be done. As hospitals realize savings from prevention of these complications under payment reforms, they may be more likely to invest in such strategies,” the study authors conclude.

What do we take away from this?  Hospitals are not healthy places to be.  So many folks go to the ER for a cold or flu when in reality their bodies will do all the healing they need in good time.  Leave the hospital for real emergencies and keep your "health care" away from the hospital.

It's your future...be there healthy with WellnessOne!  Have a blessed day!

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