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.
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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