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....
|Pages (from-to)||1804 - 1813|
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||The New England Journal of Medicine|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|