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Infection control can reduce costs, improve outcomes
Modern Healthcare

Hospital intensive-care units carry a higher risk of mortality among elderly who develop an infection during their stay, according to a new study. Infection control efforts resulted in better health outcomes and reduced healthcare costs, the study also reports.

An analysis of health outcomes of more than 17,000 Medicare patients admitted to 31 hospitals in 2002 found those who had an infection while in an ICU were 35% more likely to die within five years of leaving the hospital.

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