Some of the most common hospital-acquired infections in American hospitals take a catastrophic financial toll on the American healthcare system. Data indicate these infections cost approximately $10 billion every year to treat.
According to the data by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every 20 patients who are admitted to a hospital will pick up a hospital-acquired infection. Some of the most deadly infections include central line-associated bloodstream infections, urinary tract infections and pneumonia. These infections can be life-threatening, and very often, are entirely preventable.
Los Angeles medical malpractice lawyers find there is a very high financial cost attached to these infections. The data compiled by researchers from Harvard suggests the five most common infections Americans pick up in hospitals cost the health care system $10 billion every year.
Central line-associated bloodstream infections alone can cost approximately $45,000 per case.
Persons who suffer from pneumonia in the hospital cost the health care system about $40,000 per case.
The most common infections are surgical site infections and these cost approximately $21,000 per case to treat. Surgical site infections occur in one out of every 50 surgeries.
The other more common infections are C. diff infections, and approximately 4 such infections occur for every 1,000 patients. C. diff infections cost $11,000 to treat.
Urinary tract infections are very common and these cost approximately $900 each to treat.
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