30% of patients with HAIs re-hospitalized within 30 days

Three out of every 10 Pennsylvania patients who got a hospital acquired infection (HAI) in 2009 were re-admitted to the hospital within 30 days for an infection or complication, according to a new report released today by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4).

That's about five times the rate for patients that did not get an HAI during their stay.  

“The data suggest that if you contract an infection in the hospital, you are more likely to be re-hospitalized,” said Joe Martin, PHC4’s executive director. “We don’t know why that is or how much the initial infection contributes to the readmission, but it may present opportunities for quality improvement and cost containment.”

For more on this study click here. 


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