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On February 22, Extending the Cure published a study in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine that found that two common conditions caused by hospital-acquired infections (HAIs)  killed 48,000 people and ramped up health care costs by $8.1 billion in 2006 alone. The study has recieved significant media attention.

It is the largest study to date on the toll taken by sepsis and pneumonia, two conditions often caused by antibiotic resistant infections.  Zeroing in on infections that are often preventable, researchers discovered that people who developed sepsis after surgery stayed in the hospital 11 days longer and the infections cost an extra $33,000 to treat per person.  Even worse, nearly 20 percent of people who developed sepsis after surgery died as a result of the infection. 

Researchers also looked at postoperative pneumonia, another largely preventable disease, finding that people who developed pneumonia after surgery stayed in the hospital an extra 14 days. Such cases cost an extra $46,000 per person to treat. 11 percent of patients died as a result of the infection.

The following articles highlight these results:

Reuters: U.S. hospital infections killed 48,000: report

ABC News (video): Study: Hospital Infections Kill 48,000 in U.S. Each Year

CNN(video): Hospitals and fatal infections

Marketplace (NPR--audio): More patients infected from hospitals

Agence France Presse: Infections in US hospitals kill 48,000, cost billions: study

National Public Radio Shots Blog: Hospital Infections: Deadly, Costly, And Potentially Avoidable

Wall Street Journal Health Blog: Study: Half of Infection Deaths Linked Directly to Hospital Care

Los Angeles Times Booster Shots Blog: Warning: Hospitals may be hazardous to your health

Scientific American Observation Blog: Two hospital-acquired infections estimated to have killed 48,000, cost $8.1 B in 2006

UPI: 48,000 die of preventable hospital deaths

All Headline News: Report: More People dying Of Infections Acquired At Hospitals

HealthDay News/Palm Beach Post: Hospital-Acquired Sepsis, Pneumonia a ‘Growing Menace’

HealthDay News/Modern Medicine: Hospital-Acquired Infections Impose Heavy Burden

HealthLeaders Media: Sepsis, Pneumonia Caused by HAIs Killed 48,000 Patients in One Year, Study Says

Modern Healthcare: Hospital-acquired infections killed 48,000 patients: study

Medical News Today: Hospital-Acquired Infections, MRSA, Killed 48,000 Americans In One Year

New York Daily News: Hospital infections killed nearly 50,000 a year, says new study

AHA News Now: Study: Hospital-associated sepsis, pneumonia infections costly

Kaiser Health News Daily Report: Study Says Lower-Cost Hospitals Don’t Have Lower Quality Care For Certain Illnesses

WebMD: Hospital Infections Kill 48,000 Each Year

Infectious Disease Examiner: Hospital Infections Are Deadly and Expensive According to Study

eFitness Now: Hospital Infections Kill More Americans than HIV

Injury Board: Study – Hospital-Acquired Infections Kill 48,000

EmaxHealth: Hospital-Acquired Infections Costly in Both Lives and Dollars

Top News: 48,000 Americans Killed Every Year Because of Hospital Infections, Study Reveals

News Inferno: Infections Caught in Hospitals Kill 48,000 in U.S. Every Year

Press TV: Study: US hospital infections kill 48,000 each year

Daily Beast: Study: Hospital Infections Left 48,000 Dead

dbTechno: Sepsis and Pneumonia Killing Thousands of American Hospital Patients

Controversies in Hospital Infection Prevention: HAIs: An even bigger problem than we thought?

AZ Central: Study: Hospital-acquired infections killed 48,000 in one year

Fierce Healthcare: Pneumonia, sepsis linked to 48,000 HAI-deaths annually

Health News Track: Sepsis an pneumonia cost $8.1 billion to treat

The Money Times: Hospital acquired infections could be fatal – study