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Nearly 100,000 people die annually due to healthcare associated infections (HAIs). In addition, patients who develop HAIs are likely to experience longer hospital stays – with the average length of stay for a patient with an HAI at about 22 days, while those without an HAI (adjusting for patient differences) have an average stay of about five days. Patients with HAIs are 30% more likely to return to the hospital, compared to just 6% for patients without this complication. Total costs added to the healthcare system from HAIs are estimated at between $35 and $88 billion per annum.

The easiest 100,000 lives we can save – the time is now!

Eliminating Healthcare-Associated Infections
Center for Disease Control and Prevention; Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.
March 2011.

The cost of healthcare associated infections Measured in Lives, Reputations and Dollars
Brandon Savage, MD, Mark Segal, PhD, Dana Alexander, RN, MSN, MBA.
GE Healthcare IT, 2011.

The use of reactive silane chemistries to provide durable, non-leaching antimicrobial surfaces.
Robert A. Monticello, PhD.
ÆGIS Environments, 2010.

Estimating the Costs of Potentially Preventable Hospital Acquired Complications.
Richard L. Fuller, M.S., Elizabeth C. McCullough, M.S., Mona Z. Bao, M.S., and Richard F. Averill, M.S.
Healthcare Financing Review, Summer 2009.

Preventing Health Care–Associated Infections.
Amy S. Collins, B.S., B.S.N., M.P.H.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2008.

Committed to Safety: Ten Case Studies on Reducing Harm to Patients.
Denise Murphy and Joseph Whiting
Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, February 2007.

Dispelling the Myths: the True Cost of Healthcare Associated Infections.
Douglas McCarthy and David Blumenthal
The Commonwealth Fund, April 2006.

The Role of the Microbiome in Infection Control - ICAAC 2013
Host: Michael Schmidt, Medical Univ. of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
Guests: Cliff McDonald, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Alan Walker, Wellcome Trust Sanger Inst., Cambridge, United Kingdom

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