Every year more than 1.7 million Americans are diagnosed with healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). Around 99,000 people die from their infection and the cost to U.S. hospitals alone is estimated at $28.4 to $45 billion annually. These numbers are only going to grow as the rate of infection rises and more and more develop resistance to antibiotics. This fact sheet paints a comprehensive picture of the growing burden of healthcare-associated infections, and the value of innovation in helping to reduce that burden.
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