About-one third of hospitals surveyed had less than the recommended ratio of one infection-control staffer per 100 patient beds, and the two largest impediments to better performance in infection control were insufficient resources and a lack of physician support, hospital cooperative VHA said. John Hitt, vice president of clinical improvement at VHA, said the cost of a single hospital-acquired infection can range from several thousand dollars to more than $50,000. Hospital-acquired infections add an estimated $7 billion to the national healthcare bill. -- by Joseph Conn
Infection control efforts lack staff, money: study
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