50k die a year from hospital infections
The research was conducted using hospital discharge records from 69 million patients who visited United States hospitals between 1998 and 2006. The cost of the infections translated into 2.3 million extra patient days in 2006, a cost of more than 8 billion.
The study suggests that the costs of these preventable infections adds to the escalating cost of health insurance in the United States.
The deaths could be avoided by implementing better infection control. This includes more frequent hand washing, improved overall hygiene and better screening of patients when they first arrive at a hospital.