Hospital Killers: Hospital Acquired Infections


Authors :Jake Burns & Kevin Meek
Date: 5/18/10

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Abstract:
There are approximately 1.7 million hospital acquired infections every year. Out of this 1.7 million infections it is estimated that roughly 100,000 people will die. These infections will cost the United States health care budget anywhere from 5 billion to 10 billion dollars, and it is estimated that one third or more of these infections are preventable. Hospital acquired infections pose a serious health risk to those who are already in a weakened state. They are a topic that often seems to be overlooked by the media and for this reason very few people know about them. We chose this topic because neither of us had heard of hospital acquired infections and since we are both going into the medical field we figured it would be worthwhile to educate ourselves about it. This wikisite will give you an in depth look at two of the most common infections that can be acquired in a hospital, one that is gram negative and one that is gram positive. To learn more about these bacterium click on the links below.

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Click here for an in depth look at gram positive Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.





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Click here for an in depth look at gram negative Pseudomonas aeruginos.