This is a very interesting report on the number of hospital-acquired infections in Pennsylvania. This is a very big problem across the US and any effort to obtain good accurate numbers on this problem should be supported. It will lead to better methods of avoiding and treating these infections. Here are some numbers from the report.
In the first report of its kind, Pennsylvania hospitals reported 11,668 confirmed hospital-acquired infections in 2004, according to a Research Brief titled Hospital-acquired Infections in Pennsylvania released today by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4).
The hospital admissions in which these infections occurred were associated with 1,793 deaths, and an estimated 205,000 extra hospital days and $2 billion in additional hospital charges. These numbers are out of a total of 1.5 million discharges from 173 general acute care hospitals.
Sources: Medical News Today