Hospital-acquired infections due to gram-negative bacteria

Anton Yariv Peleg, David C Hooper

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Abstract

Hospital-acquired infections are a major challenge to patient safety. It is estimated that in 2002, a total of 1.7 million hospital-acquired infections occurred (4.5 per 100 admissions),1 and almost 99,000 deaths resulted from or were associated with a hospital-acquired infection,1 making hospital-acquired infections the sixth leading cause of death in the United States2; similar data have been reported from Europe.3 The estimated costs to the U.S. health care budget are 5 billion to 10 billion annually.4 Approximately one third or more of hospital-acquired infections are preventable....
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1804 - 1813
Number of pages10
JournalThe New England Journal of Medicine
Volume362
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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