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Healthcare-associated infections – a widespread threat with big impact

In Europe every year: 4 millions patients infected – 37,000 deaths (>100 per day).

If you are admitted to a US or European hospital you have 5% chance of contracting a Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) rising to 30% in a Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Admission to hospital in emerging countries there is a 15% chance of HAI.

HAI statistics

The cost of healthcare-associated infections to the healthcare economy

  • US CDC estimates that it costs $26,000 in treatment costs for each new HAI
  • 16 million extra days of hospital stay in EU
  • Direct cost in Europe for hospitals: €7 billion / year

In addition:

  • The rise of antibiotic resistant organisms (superbugs) means it is increasingly difficult for hospitals to fight infections
  • The least educated and lowest paid workers are tasked with eliminating dangerous bacteria

External links:

05/12/2016 Superbug infections must be listed on death certificate under proposed bill
21/09/2016 UN meeting tackles the “fundamental threat” of antibiotic-resistant superbugs
27/07/2016 Women more likely to die with in 30-days from bacterial blood infection
11/07/2016 A “slow catastrophe” unfolds as the golden age of antibiotics comes to an end 
15/06/2016 Insurance companies pay the Price for HAIs

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