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[QUOTE]Originally posted by glassman: [QB] it's not common knowledge that more people die each year from Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI) than drug OD's and car wreck and gunshots COMBINED. This is normal everyday infection rates that happen in hospitals even though they are always supposedly on guard for this.... Ebola being what it is just underscores the problem we already had before it got here. The CDC healthcare-associated infection (HAI) prevalence surveyExternal Web Site Icon provides an updated national estimate of the overall problem of HAIs in U.S. hospitals. Based on a large sample of U.S. acute care hospitals, the survey found that on any given day, about 1 in 25 hospital patients has at least one healthcare-associated infection. There were an estimated 722,000 HAIs in U.S acute care hospitals in 2011. About 75,000 hospital patients with HAIs died during their hospitalizations. More than half of all HAIs occurred outside of the intensive care unit. Hospital-acquired infections dramatically increase trauma patients' risk of in-hospital death and hospital stay Research Activities, August 2011, No. 372 Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) are among the top five leading causes of death in the United States, striking 4.5 of every 100 patients admitted to the hospital. A new study finds that trauma patients who develop HAIs during treatment have up to six times the in-hospital mortality rate than similar patients without HAIs. It found that women were 30 percent less likely to have HAIs than men (adjusted OR [AOR] = 0.70; 1 is equal odds). Compared with patients hospitalized for blunt trauma, patients whose trauma was caused by a motor vehicle accident had 25 percent greater odds of developing an HAI, while those suffering from pedestrian trauma had 48 percent great odds; gunshot wound, 28 percent greater odds; and stab wound, 74 percent greater odds. Among the HAIs, patients with sepsis had nearly six times higher risk of hospital death than uninfected trauma patients. Patients with other HAIs had 1.5 to nearly twice the risk of hospital death than trauma patients without HAIs. In addition, trauma patients with HAIs had approximately 2- to 2.5-fold higher health care costs and approximately 2-fold longer hospital stays than uninfected trauma patients. [/QB][/QUOTE]
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