Infections Increase Death Risk by 35% for ICU Patients, Study Finds

Prevention Efforts Reduce Costs by More Than $150,000 per Patient

NEW YORK, NY, Jan. 5, 2015 – Elderly patients admitted to intensive care units (ICUs) are about 35 percent more likely to die within five years of leaving the hospital if they develop an infection during their stay, a new study finds. Preventing two of the most common health care-associated infections – bloodstream infections caused by central lines and pneumonia caused by ventilators – can increase the odds that these patients survive and reduce the cost of their care by more than $150,000, according to a study published in the January 2015 issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.

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