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A better snapshot of HAIs and antibiotics used to treat them : the Emerging Infections Program Healthcare‐Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Use Prevalence Survey
  • Published Date:
    1/15/14
  • Language:
    English
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    CDC estimates show that at any given time, 1 in 20 hospital patients has an infection resulting from medical treatment. These infections, known has healthcare‐associated infections (HAIs), can have devastating effects on patients’ physical, mental/emotional, and financial health. In addition, they cost billions of dollars in added expenses to healthcare system. Disturbingly, recent research suggests that a growing number of HAIs are due to pathogens (germs) that are outsmarting the antibiotics typically used to fight them.

    Although progress has been made in recent years, gaps still exist in our knowledge about these life‐threatening medical events. In order to develop more advanced strategies to prevent HAIs and preserve antibiotic treatment options, it is essential to answer critical questions about the burden of HAIs and patterns of antibiotic use and resistance in U.S. hospitals.

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