Silver Book Fact
Enormous annual direct cost of HAIs to hospitals
The annual direct cost of healthcare-associated infections to U.S. hospitals ranges from $28.4 billion to $45 billion.
Douglas S. The Direct Medical Costs of Healthcare-Associated Infections in U.S. Hospitals and the Benefits of Prevention. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention; 2009. http://www.cdc.gov/hai/pdfs/hai/scott_costpaper.pdf