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Slide Presentation of the 2007 Annual Meeting of AHRQ

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Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI): Important Patient Safety Issue

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  • HAI rates have risen over the last 30 years
    • 2 million cases annually
    • 500,000 occur in ICU
    • Commonly associated with insertion of a device
  • 6th leading cause of death
  • Estimated to cost hospitals $5.9 billion per year
  • Increasing numbers of HAI are resistant to one or more antibiotics

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