Hospital Acquired Infections

Each year, approximately 1.7 million Americans acquire infections from being in the hospital. Worse, 100,000 will die from these infections. More Americans die each year from hospital-acquired infections than from breast and colon cancer combined, making this one of the leading causes of disease and death.

Hospital-acquired infections or healthcare associated-infections (HAIs) occur after a patient arrives at the hospital. While many patients are at risk, those with compromised immune systems are at greater risk. Aside from the death toll, the economic drain on the healthcare system is staggering, with the annual direct cost of HAIs to US Hospitals estimated to be between $28 billion to $33 billion. And annual direct costs of HAIs worldwide in Europe, Japan and the developing nations are billions more. This worldwide problem is getting worse. With HAI rates two to five times higher in the developing world, this enormous strain threatens to further compromise already scarce financial and medical resources among our most vulnerable populations.

Hospital Acquired Infections

Outbreak of Nightmare Bacteria in Chicago Caused By Hospitals
Chicago, Illinois sees an outbreak of an antibiotic resistant nightmare bacteria which is spread by fecal matter; not a usual contact outside of the hospital. The spread is perpetuated by hospital equipment and even perhaps by the uniforms worn by medical professionals. The bacteria is not only resistant to antibiotics, but also kills fifty percent of those who are infected by it.

About 20% of Medicare patients are readmitted within a month, costing $17.4 billion annually

Between 5 and 10 percent of all patients contract at least one hospital-acquired infection—also known as a healthcare-associated infection or nosocomial infection—during their stay in an acute care hospital.

Americans get an estimated 1.7 million healthcare-associated infections in the U.S. annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Each year these infections: Cause about 99,000 deaths and Cost from $35.7 to $45 billion in additional healthcare costs annually.

A new superbug is on the rise in U.S. hospitals, according to the CDC. The family of germs, dubbed CRE for carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, evades some of the strongest antibiotics, making infections almost untreatable.

Over 50% of community acquired urinary tract infection caused by E. coli is caused by strains carrying ESBLs and these are frequently so resistant that oral therapy for the infection is not possible.