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Kalorama: Antibiotic Drug Resistance Leads to HAI Deaths
Date:8/13/2014

NEW YORK, Aug. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Antibiotic drug resistance is considered to play a part in 75,000 hospital acquired infection (HAI) deaths per year in the U.S., according to recent analysis by Kalorama Information. The healthcare market research publisher found that drug resistance is becoming more of an issue across the entire anti-infective continuum, despite indications that screening patients in the hospital would help to identify those patients that may be carriers of multi-drug resistant organisms.

Kalorama Information, in its report Healthcare Infection Control Market, notes that patients, third party payers, and tax payers through Medicare and Medicaid payments shoulder the added expense of hospital infections -- an estimated $35-40 billion in costs each year in the U.S. The report can be found at: http://www.marketresearch.com/redirect.asp?progid=86511&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ekaloramainformation%2Ecom%2FHealthcare%2DAssociated%2DInfection%2D8143524%2F

"Hospital acquired infections erode hospital profits, which can limit the services and care provided to patients," report analyst Melissa Elder related. "Costs from infections at the hospital level are often not completely covered by a payer, leading to a negative impact on the bottom line of hospitals, which further strengthens the need to reduce HAIs."

According to Elder, Indirect costs include lost worker productivity/wages, psychological damages, mortality, and change in social function. Direct hospital costs include labor, building overhead, damages payment, utilities, staffing, consultations, treatment, therapy, devices, supplies, equipment, medications, and food.

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