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Risk of HAIs from hospitalization increases with age

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Hospitalized elderly patients are 2 – 5 times more likely to develop a healthcare-associated infection than younger patients.

Haley, Robert W., Hooton, Thomas W., David H. Culver, Richie C. Stanley, T. Grace Emori, C. David Hardison, Dana Quade, Richard H. Shachtman, Dennis R. Schaberg, Babu V. Shah, and Gary D. Schatz. Nosocomial Infections in U.S. Hospitals, 1975-1976. Am J Med. 1981; 70(4): 947-59. http://www.amjmed.com/article/0002-9343%2881%2990561-1/abstract

Reference

Title
Nosocomial Infections in U.S. Hospitals, 1975-1976
Publication
Am J Med
Publication Date
1981
Authors
Haley, Robert W., Hooton, Thomas W., David H. Culver, Richie C. Stanley, T. Grace Emori, C. David Hardison, Dana Quade, Richard H. Shachtman, Dennis R. Schaberg, Babu V. Shah, and Gary D. Schatz
Volume & Issue
Volume 70, Issue 4
Pages
947-59
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Age - A Major Risk Factor

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