What Is An HAI?
Hospital-Acquired Infections (HAIs) are infections contracted inside a hospital facility. Typically, patients with compromised immune systems, such as cancer patients, newborns or the elderly, are the most likely to contract an HAI. These infections are the result of cross-contamination and 70% of them are resistant to antibiotics. On any given day, one in 25 patients has an HAI.
How Common Are HAI’s?
722,000 people suffer from HAIs in hospitals each year, which is 4% of all hospital admissions. 75,000 of those people die during hospitalization. In the past 20 years the overall incidence of HAIs has increased by 36% in the United States. A recent study in JAMA Internal Medicine found that almost 441,000 patients contract one of five HAIs each year, and about 50% of these infections are avoidable. In effect, HAIs are infecting a population the size of Atlanta every year.
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