Study: Hospital infections cost $9.8 billion a year

September 3, 2013 11:00 PM

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Study: Hospital infections cost $9.8 billion a year

Americans could save billions of dollars in health care costs each year if hospitals did a better job of curbing preventable infections, according to a new study.

Research released today by JAMA Internal Medicine found that infections acquired during the course of medical treatment cost $9.8 billion annually. Researchers reviewed published data from 1998 through April 2013 and adjusted the costs for inflation in 2012 dollars.

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