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Enormous annual direct cost of HAIs to hospitals

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The annual direct cost of healthcare-associated infections to U.S. hospitals ranges from $28.4 billion to $45 billion.

Scott, R. Douglas. The Direct Medical Costs of Healthcare-Associated Infections in U.S. Hospitals and the Benefits of Prevention. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention; March 2009. http://www.cdc.gov/hai/pdfs/hai/scott_costpaper.pdf

Reference

Title
The Direct Medical Costs of Healthcare-Associated Infections in U.S. Hospitals and the Benefits of Prevention
Publisher
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Publication Date
March 2009
Authors
Scott, R. Douglas
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Economic Burden

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