The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates 1.7 million
HAIs occur in the United States annually, directly costing the economy between $28.4 and $45 billion each year. The CDC also puts the average hospital cost attributable to an HAI between $16,359 and $25,903
each. HAIs cost individual patients roughly $1,100
per admission. 9.4%
of total inpatient costs are HAI-related. More than 69%
of HAIs affect people with Medicare or Medicaid. If an HAI is contracted, the length of hospital stay increases by 17.6 days
, bringing the average stay from five days to 22 days.