Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) are a leading cause of death in the United States, killing more people than AIDS, breast cancer, and automobile accidents. In 2010 alone, HAIs contributed to more than 99,000 deaths—one death every 6 min—and costs of up to $57,000 per patient, with an increase in length of hospital stay of about 10 to 15 days.¹ The financial consequences of HAIs never have been higher. Reduced reimbursements, low patient-satisfaction scores, negative ...
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