Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Hospital infections

I linked to a very old study on hospital infections and deaths in my post on Tim Pawlenty's health care ideas. Turns out a new one just came out:

Each year nearly 300,000 U.S. patients get serious cases of pneumonia and sepsis -- bloodstream infections -- during their hospital stays. Almost 50,000 of them die.
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In an analysis that's not in the published paper, the authors looked at how many deaths could be averted each year "if the Medicare rules were perfectly effective," Laxminarayan says. The answer: Fewer than 100.

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