Statistics about Nosocomial infections


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About statistics: This page presents a variety of statistics about Nosocomial infections. The term 'prevalence' of Nosocomial infections usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Nosocomial infections at any given time. The term 'incidence' of Nosocomial infections refers to the annual diagnosis rate, or the number of new cases of Nosocomial infections diagnosed each year. Hence, these two statistics types can differ: a short-lived disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence, but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence. For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.

Prevalence and incidence statistics for Nosocomial infections: (see also prevalence and incidence page for Nosocomial infections)
  Incidence (annual) of Nosocomial infections: estimated 2 million cases annually or about 10% of American hospital patients (CDC/NNIS 1992)
  Incidence Rate: approx 1 in 136 or 0.74% or 2 million people in USA [about data]
  Incidence statistics about Nosocomial infections: The following statistics relate to the incidence of Nosocomial infections:
  • 2.84 per 1,000 hospitalised at risk patients developed infections due to medical care in America 2000-2002 (Patient Safety in American Hospitals, Health Grades 2004)
  • 88,286 cases of selected infections resulting from medical care occurred in the US 2000-2002 (Patient Safety in American Hospitals, Health Grades 2004)

Death and mortality statistics for Nosocomial infections:
  Deaths from Nosocomial infections: 80,000 deaths annually (Starfield, JAMA 284(4), 2000)
  Death statistics for Nosocomial infections: The following are statistics from various sources about deaths and Nosocomial infections:
  • About 20,000 deaths in the U.S. per year (CDC)
  • 3,805 deaths from selected infections resulting from medical care were attributable to the patient safety incident in the US 2000-2002 (Patient Safety in American Hospitals, Health Grades 2004)
  • 13.16% of selected infections resulting from medical care led to death in the US 2000-2002 (Patient Safety in American Hospitals, Health Grades 2004)
  • 4.31% of deaths from selected infections resulting from medical care were attributable to the patient safety incident in the US 2000-2002 (Patient Safety in American Hospitals, Health Grades 2004)

  Survival rate statistics for Nosocomial infections: The following are statistics from various sources about the survival rate for Nosocomial infections:
  • 13.16% of selected infections resulting from medical care led to death in the US 2000-2002 (Patient Safety in American Hospitals, Health Grades 2004)

Society statistics for Nosocomial infections
  Costs for Nosocomial infections: more than $4.5 billion in 1992 (CDC/NNIS 1992)
  Cost statistics for Nosocomial infections: The following are statistics from various sources about costs and Nosocomial infections:
  • $1.71 billion spent on infections resulting from medical care annually in America 2000-02 (Patient Safety in American Hospitals, Health Grades 2004)
  • $1,706.39 million in excess cost for selected infections resulting from medical care was attributable to patient safety incidents in the US 2000-2002 (Patient Safety in American Hospitals, Health Grades 2004)
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