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    • Negative value of antibiotics to drug companies
      The value of an antibiotic to a drug company is negative $50 million- compared to the positive value of $1 billion for a new musculoskeletal drug.  
    • Reduction of central-line infections saved ~ 1,800 lives and $280 million
      Standardization of best practice interventions reduced central line-associated blood stream infections and saved an estimated 1,800 lives and $280 million.  
    • Over 8 years infection control practices saved ~27,000 lives and $1.8 billion
      Infection control practices saved an estimated 27,000 lives and $1.8 billion in medical costs between 2001 and 2009.  
    • An antibiotic stewardship program saved $17 million over 8 years
      An antibiotic stewardship program saved a total of $17 million over 8 years, with antibiotic costs rising $1 million in the first year after discontinuation.  
    • Only a 20% reduction in drug-resistant infections would save $3.2 – $5.2 billion each year
      A 20% reduction in drug-resistant infections would save between 5.7 and 11.3 million additional hospital days and between $3.2 and $5.2 billion in healthcare costs, each year.