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In July 2005, Pennsylvania became the first state in the nation to publicly report statewide data on hospital-acquired infections (HAI). The published research brief revealed that 11 668 hospitalizations with HAI had markedly different mortality rates, lengths of stay (LOS), and charges than...
Hospital-acquired infections add considerable morbidity and mortality to patient care. However, a detailed economic analysis of these infections on an individual case basis has been lacking. The authors examined both the hospital revenues and expenses in 54 cases of patients with central...
Surgical wound infections are the most common hospital-acquired infections among patients who undergo inpatient surgery. Risk of infection is a function of both patient susceptibility and exposure. The authors studied all discharges in Pennsylvania from October 1, 2004, through September 30,...
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