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Whether cost containment is a fad, fetish, or wave of the future, it is the all-pervasive topic of conversation in American hospitals in 1986. Activities that increase the cost of hospital care for Americans are focal points for discussion, study, publication, and correction.
Various authors place the frequency of hospital infections at between 2% and 8%, the increased length of hospitalization at between 4.5 and 10 days, and the resultant cost at between $1600 and $10 000 per episode. The inescapable view of hospital infections is that they are expensive. Estimates of potential preventability are from 10% to 30%. Even
Hospital Infections.. Ann Intern Med. ;104:593–594. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-104-4-593_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1986;104(4):593-594.
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