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Spread of HAIs rapidly becomes $45 billion national crisis

from FierceHealthcare

Hospital-acquired infections are spreading at an alarming rate, with 1.7 million Americans developing them each year at a cost of up to $45 billion, according to the Alliance for Aging Research. The deadly and costly infections are becoming a national crisis, medical experts said during a call-in event recently announcing the Alliance's release of a new fact sheet about the growing problem. An estimated 99,000 people die from these infections each year and the numbers are expected to grow as the rate of infection rises and more Americans develop resistance to antibiotics. more

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